Approach

Most of my interventions are meant to expand reflective thinking and to facilitate a broader perspective of events and experiences in life.

Contemporary research findings have consistently shown that depressed mood and anxiety can be mitigated with improved satisfaction in significant relationships. As a product of Adelphi’s Derner Institute, my therapeutic style is largely based on relational psychodynamic theory which focuses on just that. I stay active in the present moment and use exploratory questions to facilitate an attitude of curiosity. I help people recognize patterns that have been largely working outside of their awareness in order to alleviate symptoms and make space for significantly more satisfying interactions with others.

Through the collaborative therapeutic process of working through identified areas for change and growth, we foster trust and build resilience. I hope for people to complete therapy without fear of emotional vulnerability, an overall sense of self-acceptance, and the ability to broaden and shift perspective when necessary.

The most meaningful change occurs when people finally recognize how much influence they have on those around them, and ultimately how much they matter!

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Individual & Couples Psychologist

Areas of Practice

An intentional focus on psychological well-being and improved mental health is the best investment we can make in our lives and relationships.

Individual Psychotherapy

I emphasize the therapeutic relationship as a tool for transformation of problematic habits into adaptive and fulfilling ones. The power of being truly heard and understood without judgment or consequence is remarkable; it opens the space to play with new ideas and be creative and genuine.

My work is guided by the theory that openness and trust between therapist and patient paves the way for access to difficult feelings. Often the more perturbing a particular feeling is to a person, the harder they work to avoid it, while inadvertently intensifying its’ role in their current problems.

In therapy, I strive to help people learn how to explore and tolerate some of their most difficult feelings (which also builds empathic skills). The aim is to expand emotional awareness and positive regard, thereby reducing anxiety and depression and building deeper interpersonal connections.

Depending on how we both feel insight-oriented therapy is going, sometimes it feels right to introduce CBT-informed interventions. Often, concrete exercises in the session and in-between session tasks will alleviate acute anxiety using both thought re-framing and behavioural modification. Giving tools to help regulate anxiety in between sessions sometimes helps make space for the more insight-oriented work.

Couples Psychotherapy
Interpersonal Difficulties
Depression
Anxiety \ Panic Disorders
Infertility
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Parenting Struggles
Loss \ Bereavement
Trauma Focused Therapy
Career Change \ Retirement
Military Enlistment \ Deployment
Perinatal Mood Disorders & Anxiety

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