My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is client-centered--focused on both developing self-understanding and finding new ways of experiencing the conflicts that cause suffering. I take time to get to know the person in their present day-to-day life, as well looking carefully at past history. Reflecting on our relationship as therapist and client can be a powerful tool in our investigation of relationship patterns. Often, things we have learned to take for granted about ourselves or brush under the rug are of paramount importance. Self-understanding opens the door for forgiveness, creativity, and with that, the power to change.
More Info About My Practice
Many of my patients come for help with depression, anxiety, or eating concerns but also are struggling with careers or relationships with partners, family, or with finding satisfying relationships. With a prior background in academia and the art world, I am especially attuned to the highs and lows of creative and scholarly work. I work with individuals from many cultural and religious backgrounds, taking particular care with the challenges of negotiating conflicts between holding on to traditions and carving out one's own path in life.
In clinical roles formerly at the Renfrew Center of NY, and in private practice the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns has been a primary focus of my work for over 12 years. Eating disorders are not a life sentence. I have witnessed many of my patients grow out of their symptoms and gain a deepened sense of self and self-respect. I follow a psychodynamic and relational approach to treatment, informed also by mindfulness-oriented behavioral techniques. I am also aware of the particular medical and relationship challenges posed by eating disorders and am connected to excellent providers in other disciplines (MDs, Psychiatrists, Nutritionists) when a team approach is required.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I get to know people -- brave people -- who are earnestly confronting their problems and the darkest parts of themselves. All this is in the service of a wonderful thing-- becoming more themselves, and living a fuller life. Confronting the darkness, things that are scary or confusing makes way for change and growth. So yes, I hear it all, painful, sad, difficult stories. Things that cause people grief and shame. But I know those stories are not what defines the person. As my clients come to discover that for themselves, we both bear witness to growth and change.
It is such a joy watching clients I've come to know find self-forgiveness and enjoy their lives -- their relationships, bodies, careers, children -- in ways they've never before, move through grief toward a renewed sense of meaning in life, find hope and a sense of future. I feel fortunate to know each one of my clients and to have their trust in this very important endeavor.