My Approach to Helping
Do you feel stuck? Unsure where to go next? I strongly believe in harnessing the power of creativity for healing and transformation. As a psychotherapist my goal is to help you tap into your innate, creative potential in order to unlock more choices in your life and to further personal growth. As a practicing visual artist, I know what it means to reach what seem to be insurmountable artistic or personal blocks. Through the lenses of psychoanalysis and mindfulness, I will work with you to examine barriers to authentic self-expression. Part of that process means addressing the pain that comes from clinging too tightly to outmoded or false ideas of who we are. Through our work together, we can create a safe, compassionate space to support your journey toward self-empowerment and positive change.
More Info About My Practice
I utilize psychoanalytic and mindfulness approaches to support self-exploration and self-discovery, and my specialties include depression, anxiety, career and life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, substance use, health and wellness, relationship issues, and post-cult recovery. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and groups of diverse backgrounds, particularly those who feel themselves to be outside of the mainstream.
I have a master's degree in clinical social work from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU and am a psychoanalytic candidate at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). I have extensive experience facilitating mindfulness groups and working with artists, writers, performers, and others for whom creativity is an important aspect of their life.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Psychotherapy is my beloved second career, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. Having been stuck myself for many years, I know what it is like to become deeply discouraged to the point of numbness and to walk around in autopilot mode. Through my own therapy, I have been able to examine what it means to be "oneself," to connect to my "aliveness," and to open up to choices that I would not have considered before. Now, in my own practice, I feel privileged to be a witness to your stories of strength and perseverance and am deeply humbled by the process of seeing you claim your own unique voice and open up to a fuller, richer life.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Our culture has instilled in us the belief that we should be "perfect" and that it is a personal failure to have "flaws" and to seek help. I believe, however, that it is our imperfections that make us magnificently and authentically human. And I can also personally attest that knowing when to seek help is a sign of courage and strength. One of my favorite quotes is from Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."