My practice and philosophy
I provide psychotherapy for individuals over the age of 18 and for couples. My style is direct, solution-focused, and empathic. I will definitely engage you.
Evidence-based therapies that draw from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic traditions, as well as techniques to raise mind-body awareness inform my work.
I help people with a variety of issues such as emotional and sexual challenges, desire discrepancy, (one person in a partnership wants intimacy and the other person wants it less or not at all), breakups, professional insecurity, creative blocks, and difficult life transitions. My approach is always tailored to your specific needs. The work is carefully informed by the context of your life and relationships.
The goals of psychotherapy are to alleviate emotional and sexual pain and anxiety, and to grow as an individual or in your marriage or partnership. Through the process of therapy, you become more aware of your triggers, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and ways you respond to stressors. With new insight and self-knowledge, you develop healthier coping skills, deepen relationships, and become more passionate and positively engaged in life.
Therapy works best when we jointly set goals and regularly check in about your progress. A goal might be to improve communication in relating to others, alleviate depression through understanding its underlying causes, manage anxiety and how it gets triggered, or enhance intimacy through sexual satisfaction. The length of time spent in treatment depends on the nature of your issues and can be either short or long term.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE
I received my Masters Degree at New York University Silver School of Social Work. I have been trained to work with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and issues, which include major depression, acute anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, relationship stress, sexual issues, childhood and adult trauma, addiction and recovery, aging, death and dying.
Much of my clinical training was at The Saint Marks Institute for Mental Health, a highly regarded community mental health clinic in the East Village of New York City. I completed a one-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training program at the William Alonson White Institute in New York City and am well versed in body-centered psychotherapy through training at The Core Energetics Institute. My certification as a yoga instructor, study of Dance Movement Therapy, and experience as a Reiki Two practioner also informs my practice. The bulk of my training in sex therapy took place at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, where I have been well versed in the sensitivity that is necessary to deal with intimacy issues. I am licensed by the New York State Department of Mental Health (LCSW), license number 083061.
Prior to being a therapist, I utilized my business degree (B.S.) from the New York University Stern School of Business to succeed at entrepreneurship, corporate consulting, executive recruiting, marketing, and professional image coaching.