My Approach to Helping
I am a clinical psychologist in private practice. My work is with adults and couples who seek help for relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, attention deficits, substance use/abuse, problems related with where they are in life, and many other questions that come up in daily life. Different people have different stories. Different stories bring up different questions. An open and honest dialogue is possible in an atmosphere of listening and thinking. Our sessions are private and confidential.
I listen and offer support for those events that are difficult to change. I offer a safe therapeutic space that facilitates creative solutions for all those events that can be changed and so your life can improve. This is not a place of judgment or criticizing. It is a place of healing with its ups and downs, hope, and discovery.
If you believe that the time has come to tackle these issues, contact me and we can talk on the phone about the best options available to you and perhaps begin working together.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy is a conversation about you and your need. It is non-judgmental and non-critical. It is an attempt of understanding you on your own terms. It is not about changing your mind or forcing you to think differently. It is about making the best of yourself and uncovering your potential. Therapy is discovery and hope. I will help as much as I can to make you feel comfortable and at ease.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
What I have found most helpful and deep enough to match the reality of those with whom I work is psychoanalytic theory and in particular Object Relations Theory, through the writings of Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Wilfred Bion, and Antonino Ferro, and personal supervision with Jeffrey Eaton.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
All of us struggle in our lives; some struggle a lot, some struggle a little, but we all know what struggles are. In therapy, I try to understand these struggles within the frame of your whole self. I don't consider disorders as labels and I have found that people, including myself, don't like to be labeled. This is why in my work with my patients, we focus less on the disorder and more on how we can make meaning of what is going on. We decide together in dialogue on best ways to improve the situation. I fall back on the same principle: The therapeutic space is your space and you have a lot of say in what goes on in there. Let's keep working at it. We'll find the way out.