Psychotherapy is a personal experience. I treat and support individuals and couples who are struggling with worries, sadness, and relationship difficulties, or who feel “stuck” in their lives in some way. I also have special training in helping individuals, couples, and families cope with traumatic experiences, grief and loss, and medical illnesses. I work cooperatively and compassionately to reduce current distressing symptoms and to examine long-standing patterns.
Individual Therapy and Couple Therapy
My style is supportive, directive, and collaborative. I take an active role in understanding patient issues, listening for patterns of behavior and thoughts, and often providing direct feedback. My therapeutic approach is relational, psychodynamic, and keeps in mind attachment theory.
When necessary, I coordinate with primary care providers, psychiatrists, and other health care professionals to evaluate and attend to patient needs. If a medication evaluation is required, I assist patients in finding providers for medication management.
I offer psychotherapy and psychological consultation to adults, couples, and adolescents and their families. The length of treatment is a mutual decision, depending on the presenting issues. Sometimes the therapy continues for years, and other times, it is a brief piece of therapeutic work to get through a discrete difficult period. Psychotherapy sessions are most often 50 minutes in duration, unless it is determined that a longer meeting would be beneficial.
Areas of Clinical Focus
- Anxiety and depression
- Relationship challenges
- Career related stress
- Adolescent issues
- Medical illness, chronic health conditions, cancer
- Trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Grief and loss
- Caregiver strain
- Women’s issues
- Transitional adjustments (career change, parenthood, divorce/break-up, relocation, blended families, etc.)
I work with high-achieving (Type A) individuals, creative thinkers, and artists who have unique challenges. Common struggles involve managing demanding schedules, simultaneously maintaining professional and personal lives, balancing the drive to succeed with self-care and health, holding space for play, rest, imagination, and reflection.