My Approach to Helping
I have been an educator for over 20 years, at Dartmouth College and now at UC Santa Barbara, so I'm very aware of how hard it is today for young adults and adolescents to prepare for their futures with hope as well as realism. Supporting young adults as they juggle school, work, and relationships, while fighting depression, anxiety, and addictions, is at the heart of my practice. So is coaching people in the fine arts of frustration-management,setting achievable goals, and nurturing creativity. I believe attunement is the most important factor in helping people to find courage and joy in living. This requires the awareness that each mind is unique. I also work with infants, and my training in infant observation has helped me become more sensitive to many different kinds of non-verbal expression, like tone, rhythm, and gesture.
More Info About My Practice
I don't take insurance. If you have insurance, however, your fee will be the same amount as your co-pay would be, for the same number of sessions your insurance company would allot you. My regular fee is $125/hour, but I also offer a sliding scale based on your housing costs and income per month. I practice Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Attunement is the key to the way I work. I find that it's a particularly important talent/skill when helping others make, or cope with, changes in their lives. Attunement requires awareness of the other person's states of mind and feeling, and his/her unique moods and rhythms. I focus on developing these states of awareness in myself but also in the people I work with. I help people develop the skills they need to enjoy and benefit from help and companionship.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I don't think there's a single purpose to psychotherapy. But I think its most important gift is the reduction of mental isolation and the integration of emotion and thought, so that when we are overwhelmed, we can use as many parts of our brains/minds as possible to help us restore hopefulness and undo the paralyzing effects of fear and anxiety.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love the work. I am deeply, deeply interested in my patients. I've taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for many years, and now as a psychoanalyst I find the communion I develop with my patients as rewarding than the advising I do as a professor. Participating in people's efforts to heal themselves and open up to new kinds of experience is a transformative experience for me.