Through therapy, you can more fully discover who you are and what you desire, what saddens and excites you, and what dictates your unhappy choices. You can develop better communication skills and learn to listen to yourself, deepen your understanding of your limitations and strengths, and realize your full capacities in work and love.
Psychotherapy requires an investment of time, money, and emotional energy, but it is qualitatively different than other investments. Sometimes people resort to eating, drinking, clothes, sex, compulsive achievements, and other similar behaviors to feel better about themselves, to keep chaos and fears at bay, or to fill an inner void. In most instances, these habits prove unreliable and unsatisfying. Many people have not developed an inner compass that reliably signals what or who is healthy or unhealthy. They rely on other people’s feedback for direction, and repeatedly find themselves in unhappy situations. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, helps you to become more comfortable with yourself and to relate to others in a freer and more satisfying way. Psychotherapy is an investment in your sustainable well-being.
My goal is to help people develop a wider range of emotional experiences, and find relief from symptoms, conflicts, and difficulties, including panic and anxiety, shame and depression. The therapeutic experience may also include helping someone navigate cultural demands and temperamental inclinations to feel more alive and connected in one’s mind and body, and to find his or her own version of a meaningful life.
I have experience in helping relieve depression, anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and childhood and sexual trauma. I help people find stress relief from psychosomatic symptoms and addictive or disordered behavior. I work with people that have difficulties at school and work, may have ADHD, experience writer’s block, or simply tend to procrastinate. I work with people that are experiencing relationship problems, such as infidelity, conflict, anger, jealousy, and envy. I work with people who struggle with a sense of deadness and are searching for an authentic sense of self and connection with the world; I like working with people who are looking for their paths, need to mitigate shame and guilt, and wish to increase happiness and contentment. I am interested in building resilience and looking for alternative ways to tackle negative patterns and chronic difficulties. I specialize in dream analysis and dream interpretation.
I believe in an integrative approach that is tailored to your needs and preferences, from deep psychoanalytic work to resilience and motivation building and coaching. Our work is participatory, which means I not only listen but also like to share my reaction and perspective to what I hear, without being intrusive. I give you the space to formulate your thoughts. Your feedback is fundamental so that we can adjust the rhythm and get in synch. I believe that the togetherness of therapy, as we collaborate on a life improvement project, also helps shape and improve other relationships outside of therapy.
I believe in therapeutic diversity, meaning that except for notable cases that require a single approach, I like to engage people with both a mindfulness component and a cognitive behavioral approach (CBT), teaching self-soothing techniques and integrating insight, behavioral exercises, and cognitive restructuring as needed.
For therapeutic success it is important to find a therapist that you can click with. Either for mental health or mental illness relief, there are many choices: psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, coaches, and more. Some have light credentials and wide interests while others have Ivy League degrees and narrow specializations. I think that above all it is important to search for someone that is warm, experienced, and intelligent, someone that makes you feel at ease, understands your goals, and is responsive to your feedback.
Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Alumna
Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, CIPS, Member
International Psychoanalytical Association, Member