My Approach to Helping
My goal is to attend to the complexity of a person's experience, offering you the time and space to become known contentedly to yourself and others. I aim to create an environment that is nurturing, tender, safe and conducive to the exploration of your wishes, resources, disappointments, and fears. I also work collaboratively and take my cues from my clients. If asked for guidance about specific life tasks or critical problems, I will try to offer it.
More Info About My Practice
I accept most insurance plans on an out-of-network basis, and am in-network for Penn Behavioral Health and Aetna Student Health. When appropriate, I also make use of a sliding fee scale.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
In my experience psychotherapy is a nuanced and personal experience. For some it affords the opportunity to resolve an immediate problem concerning work, school, family, or relationships. For others, it affords the time and space to work through longer standing struggles with mood, identity, feelings about self-worth and well being. It is my place to listen carefully and facilitate a process that most closely meets these needs. When I meet a client who is new to psychotherapy, not knowing what to expect, I often ask them to try several sessions during which the two of us will stay open and curious about what they do and don't understand about their needs and how therapy can meet these needs. Over time, my clients appreciate having the room to grapple with their mood changes, existential dilemmas, relational obstacles, and painful experiences and memories.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
The etiology of mental health concerns involves a complex interweaving of nature, nurture, and environmental factors. In addition, mental health concerns exist on a continuum of intensity from a comfortable enough tolerance of their existence to severe discomfort and impairment of cognitive, physical, and emotional functioning. There is a tendency in our culture to equate 'disorder' with a predominant way of expressing oneself through, for example, an obsessive or narcissistic personality structure. In fact, we may function well enough with only mild distress within the personality structure we inhabit. It is only when we experience considerable constriction, isolation, and despair that we experience 'disorder.' Psychotherapy, given the right assessment and solid enough therapeutic relationship, can be helpful at many points on this continuum of mental health concerns, from mild discomfort to disorder.