I came to psychology by way of writing and literature, with a background in book editing. Understanding how people function and how we evolve is crucial in my work. My theoretical orientation is eclectic and works to identify with the patient what will best serve his or her needs. The therapy I engage in often has a relational/ psychodynamic component, incorporates family systems work and utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions/mindfulness-based treatments. What all this means is, though I have studied psychology for over a decade, I treat every individual or family I work with as unique: there is no cookie-cutter treatment.
I believe therapy to be both collaborative and creative, partnering compassion with discovering more challenging truths. I believe we are all capable of change and that each one of us is an expert on ourselves, though sometimes we need help to unlock that personal knowledge, to rewrite our stories and move towards change, self-compassion or acceptance.
As I have told many teens who, during our first meeting bravely share their fear of being “crazy," I believe there is no "crazy" and there is no "normal." I believe that change is part of the wonder and pain of life, but that we can approach these challenging moments in ways that can minimize our suffering.
I feel incredibly lucky that, everyday, I am awed by the incredible strength, resilience and honesty of my clients. I do not think there is anything quite as inspiring as when we unravel the ways in which we suffer and step towards the things that give our life meaning.