My Approach to Helping
I am completely similar to all psychotherapists who aim to help people and to reduce suffering and pain. My approach may differ from some therapists in that my intense and prolonged training combined with my clinical experiences in working with people in my private practice, my experiences in teaching, supervising, developing programming for training other mental health professionals, research, and my continued professional development all provide me with deep resources to help promote emotional and relational health. I believe I have learnt a great deal about change, and how to help people change. This is not simply a question of providing support, although that is one ingredient. I am devoted to the people I work with, and I join them in a deep and powerful partnership while they are on their journey to relieve suffering and find their way forwards.
More Info About My Practice
I am in network with: AETNA, CDPHP, and Medicare. I accept out of network insurance. Where necessary I provide a sliding scale fee (between $100 and $250 in my New York City office and between $75 and $195 in my Millerton office). I charge $60 for my NYC groups and $25 for my Millerton groups. For fees for the other professional services I provide please contact me for further information. Most of my work is with individuals and couples. I also work with families and small groups. Additionally I also provide: Psychological testing, Psychoeducational Consultations for Intended Parents, Psychological Evaluations for Egg Donors and Gestational Carriers, Psychological Evaluations for Inter-Country Adoption, Group Psychotherapy for Donor Egg Conception and (Pre and Post) Adoptive Parenting. Because I have offices downstate in Midtown North (at Columbus Circle by the Time Warner building) and in a small town called Millerton that is in Upper Dutchess County, about 2 hours north of Manhattan, I am able to offer flexibility for those people who travel between both places. I believe my work in "the big city" and in "a small town" provides me with important resources. Additionally, as an immigrant (I am British, born and raised in England, living in NYC since 1976) and someone who has lived in different cultures, I believe this provides me with a useful vantage point. I have a great interest in differences of all kinds, and in helping people navigate the challenges to "joining in" yet retaining pride and power in their unique personal identities as they move through life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am trained as a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst to help people with a wide array of difficulties in living. I help people with general problems like anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, developmental difficulties, and relationship and family problems. I also have a special interest in 2 main areas. The first (and my main area of special interest) has to do with all the challenges associated with family building. The second is the area of eating disorders, compulsions, and addictions. In the first instance, I help people with areas like: third party reproduction (egg/sperm, embryo donation or gestational surrogacy), adoption, infertility and fertility problems, pregnancy loss, post partum depression, fertility preservation, childfree living etc. I consult with a fertility clinic (Reproductive Specialists of New York); I work with adoption agencies, and am active within the adoption community, as well as the community of mental health professionals nationally and internationally who work in the area of what is known as "infertility counseling." In the second area I work with people with compulsions and addictions, including eating disorders. I believe that addictions and compulsions are perhaps the most central challenge of our time, as the erosion of boundaries of all kinds contributes to a greater sensitivity to becoming overwhelmed, losing personal control, and seeking safety in escaping overpowering states, circumstances, and feelings.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy is a process that allows a person to make powerful changes in their life. This can happen in many ways. One main pathway is by providing support while a person is going through a difficult transition, such as divorce. Another example would be a developmental transition, such as becoming a parent. For some people who are struggling psychologically that is enough. For others, a deeper and more intensive change process is needed, in order to allow a person to first identify the ways in which they keep repeating the same mistakes, and to help them find a way to behave differently. This kind of psychotherapy is aimed at developing and increasing self-awareness, of helping "the goldfish see the water," i.e. helping a person see how they are living, which leads to the possibility that they can learn to live differently.