My Approach to Helping
Do you feel intermittently anxious, sad, or angry and overwhelmed? Do you worry you will not achieve your goals? Do you long for connection and intimacy but keep having relationship problems? We are living at a highly pressured time in a world that is increasingly fast paced and anxiety producing, which makes it hard for people to feel truly connected with one another and themselves. In addition to these cultural stressors most of us deal with family of origin issues, relationship, or work related challenges, all of which raise stress levels.
If you struggle with stress, anxiety, moodiness, and self-doubt I am here to help you deal with it. I believe that therapy creates a much needed space for reflection and recovery from what ails you. Having close relationships is vitally important and speaking to someone has tremendous healing potential. This is true for friends and family members, but in some sense even much more so if the person is a trained professional, with whom the rules of friendship don't apply. Speaking to a professional like me frees you up to be truthful with yourself in a way that is difficult to achieve in normal social relations. Aside from that I will bring a highly attentive focus based on my training and experience to the issues you are communicating.
In working together we will get a sense of what exactly it is that you are dealing with in your life and find out how we can best meet your needs today. My approach is empathic and focused on you and your concerns. I firmly believe in the power of psychotherapy to help improve lives and look forward to working with you.
More Info About My Practice
In my practice I specialize in women's issues, especially sexual trauma and other experiences of abuse and disempowerment. I also work with men, LGBT clients, and couples. Due to my own international background I enjoy working with international clients and those from creative fields.
My orientation is psychodynamic and relational, though I use cognitive behavioral techniques as needed, as well as elements of an existential approach to psychotherapy.
My identity as therapist is shaped by my own rich life experiences. I am a European who through a previous career in fashion has lived in several different countries before coming to New York. I studied acting and have had exposure to the art world. All this has given me an open-mindedness and understanding of the role of class, race and gender in people's lives that cannot be taught in universities. I truly enjoy working with diverse people, including many international clients. In addition to this I have had experience working in various hospital settings, including working with couples at a sexuality clinic, as well as with young adults in university counseling centers.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love my profession because each person I meet is different and has their very own rich and complex story. Each day I keep learning about the power of humans to defy difficult life circumstances and overcome obstacles. I consider this a great privilege.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
We are all disordered. While some may struggle more than others we are all subject to stress and emotional pain at different times of our lives. It is how we deal with these experiences in our relationships to ourselves and others that sets us up for either integration and growth, or on-going struggle and despair. I believe that it is often our most difficult moments which teach us the most. If we honor our experiences and what we learn from them we realize that they not only make us who we are but also often point us in the direction of our life purpose.