My Approach to Helping
From time to time, we all experience situations where we can benefit from the presence and support of another mind to help us better understand and resolve challenging emotional experiences. When you are struggling with an acute crisis, change or loss in your life, or even if you are only feeling mild and persistent distress, it can take a toll on your body and mind. In my 18 years of clinical practice, I have worked extensively with people with various forms of emotional pain. For most, embarking on a path of healing and change is a courageous first step. Beginning psychotherapy takes a leap of faith, to trust someone, to build a new relationship, to think, feel, change and grow. I am committed to working with you to achieve your goals in a spirit of collaboration and acceptance, in a safe, respectful therapeutic environment. My treatment philosophy is based on the belief that the practice of self-discovery creates more room for you to live your life to its fullest potential. I approach mental health and emotional challenges by weaving together psychoanalytic thinking, mindfulness, mind-body integration, and attachment theory. In both Individual and Marriage Counseling, we work together to understand how ordinary life events as well as unusual stressors, losses and traumas can have an impact on your well being. Together we work to expand on your inner strength, your self-awareness, and help you make meaningful, desired, long-lasting changes. By living more authentically and cultivating a compassionate understanding of yourself, you can begin a path towards a more satisfying life with more satisfying relationships. Please feel free to contact me and together we can take the first step in your journey of self-discovery and change.
More Info About My Practice
I am a multilingual (English, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish) and familiar with various cultures. I have experienced the process of immigration, residence and emigration firsthand. Living in various countries has greatly enhanced my sensitivity to cross-cultural transitions, diversity issues and the process of acculturation. It has also furthered my understanding of the central role that language plays in interpersonal relationships. I have extensive experience working with people from various cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds and providing culturally-sensitive psychotherapy. I have been working with the international community in Los Angeles around issues of acculturation, cross-cultural relationships, international adoptions and psychosocial interventions for domestic violence in immigrant communities in Los Angeles. With a background in dance, I work with both professional and social dancers in helping them to create greater awareness about the mind-body relationships so they can be expand their creative processes and be better able to express themselves on the dance floor.