Are you wondering how psychotherapy works and who is the right therapist to work with? Do you find yourself repeating negative patterns? Are you feeling anxious or depressed or in the midst of a transition? We can work together in a collaborative process to determine what you need.
Over twenty-eight years of experience contribute to my ability to create a safe space that will encourage exploration into understanding your emotional concerns. Often after completing the therapeutic process, many come to discover that they have more choices in their lives and report feeling more creative and alive.
My areas of expertise include working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, loss, eating disorders, and parenting. I see adults, children, adolescents, and couples in my practice.
I am a practicing psychoanalyst and a licensed clinical social worker. In my experience, psychoanalytic psychotherapy has proven to be one of the best treatments for attaining long-lasting results and consistent life changes that one desires. Often, that includes uncovering the roots of relationship patterns. Fostering creativity and decreasing symptoms of confusion and anxiety. I also incorporate the use of mindfulness and stress reduction to help manage the symptoms while doing the more in-depth work of talk therapy. The frequency of sessions is adjusted to what the client needs. I often see clients more than once a week. However, I am sensitive to both time limitations and finances.
Psychological conditions are not merely external problems to be overcome, but rather ways in which our unconscious is expressing conflicts and desires. The best way to understand one's inner world is with a non-judgemental stance, remaining curious rather than to pathologize. Understanding the root of symptoms can decrease depression and anxiety while increasing motivation and creativity. Gaining insight into one's experience encourages the ability to break negative patterns and helps create healthier ways of living and connecting with others.
I have been a meditator for over thirty years and, when appropriate, will incorporate the use of mindfulness and relaxation techniques. I do have an interest in the use of literature in psychoanalysis. Journaling is used as another technique to understand one's inner world.
I am a training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. I offer consultation and supervision to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts who are interested in deepening their understanding of psychoanalytic theory and practice.