My Approach to Helping
What you have to say is important. I hope to learn what you care most about and what direction you want to take in your life. People come for psychotherapy when the ways in which they are thinking, feeling and acting no longer work well for them. People's actions and thoughts can at times be confusing and contradictory. I appreciate this complexity and encourage you to share your thoughts and your ideas. For me, therapy is a collaborative effort that is built through empathetic attunement. It is in the context of a strong therapeutic relationship, one created from curiosity and respect, that the process of self-discovery takes place. In our shared effort to understand your life we create a balance between emotional safety and the risks inherent with change. I don't have a one-size fits all approach. I believe each person's needs are different and I work with you to offer the most appropriate treatment - whether it is insight-oriented, behavioral or cognitive.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to my work with individuals, I also help families and couples to gain insight and understanding, resolve conflict, and end repetitive communication patterns that are negative and hurtful. Conflict is a natural part of life, but many of us experience the most hurtful conflicts in our closest relationships. Therapy is an investment in your relationships. Among couples, therapy can help improve emotional and sexual intimacy. Among families, therapy strengthens connectedness, bolsters communication skills and paves the way for creating harmony.
I work with both Cigna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I also offer sliding-scale slots for clients who face financial struggles, and offer paperwork for reimbursement if you are out-of-network.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is about becoming self-aware of one's full-range of feelings, behaviors and patterns. Therapy's benefits are lasting and can foster inner resources and capacities that enable one to face life's challenges with greater freedom and flexibility. I help people illuminate patterns that operate in the present and can also be an echo of the past. An increased self-understanding of patterns and one's psychology helps to better manage difficult emotions. Sometimes deeply held premises and assumptions are unspoken and can be out of one's awareness. Feeling a connection, understood, and listened to carefully and deeply in the context of your life is vital to success in treatment. Intellectual insights produce a sense of mastery; but emotional insight brings change.