I am a licensed psychologist providing insight-oriented, relational psychodynamic therapy for late adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience working with people struggling with the impacts of early trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, perfectionism and self-criticism, low self-esteem, and more.
I like to get to know you as a whole person, together developing a nuanced understanding of your current concerns, history, identities, strengths, and struggles. I am interested in exploring how your unique experiences have shaped your sense of self, others, and the world. I also focus on helping you develop a more authentic, integrated, and honest self. I believe that the less energy we spend trying to deny, hide, avoid, or change painful aspects of ourselves and our experiences, the more energy we have to pursue what brings meaning and fulfillment to our lives.
The core of my theoretical orientation is relational psychodynamic, which means that I use what happens in the space between us to understand patterns that occur for you in outside relationships. I am also interested in exploring how early experiences have shaped your life, and in helping to uncover and understand your more hidden or unconscious wishes, fears, and motivations. Unlike a traditional "blank-screen" presence, I offer a balance between providing open space and providing feedback and interaction. I provide a warm, open, and accepting environment, knowing that your sense of safety and connection are paramount in order to challenge yourself to try new ways of being.
I am trained in multiculturally-sensitive counseling and deeply value my clients' diverse identities. To the extent these are salient for you, I am interested in how your racial/ethnic, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religious, dis/ability, class, and other identities contribute to your sense of self and others.
I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University, and have trained and practiced in a variety of settings including community mental health centers and public city hospitals. I have several years of experience in university counseling centers (including as a supervising staff psychologist at Fordham University and an APA-accredited internship at Pace University) and have a subspecialty in college/graduate/law student mental health.