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Clinical Professional Counselor, M.S.Ed, M.Phil.Ed
My Personal Bio
I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults in their 20's and 30's who are exploring various aspects of their experience and identity. These younger years are filled with life transitions that can be difficult to navigate. These life changes can bring about family conflict, relationship challenges, stress, anxiety, and depression. I am here to help you or your adolescent wade through the ocean that is our emotions.
I believe early experiences and relationships have a profound impact on how we process and metabolize our experiences. My work is informed by psychodynamic theory which provides a framework for understanding one’s complex emotional responses, thought process, and repetitive patterns.
My intentions are to help individuals meet their highest potential and free themselves from emotional distress while enhancing their self-esteem, pleasure, and personal relationships. Life doesn't change for the better by accident. It changes with intention.
My experience is diverse, including crisis and hospital settings as well as long term psychotherapy. My extensive experience includes body image/emotional eating, trauma/abuse, relationship issues/mother daughter dynamics, self esteem, and loss/grief. Additionally, I am deeply passionate about working with sexual/gender identity and LGBTQ+ issues.
I believe effective psychotherapy is grounded in the relationship between the therapist and client. My approach is warm, empathic, and interactive. I practice from a relational and psychodynamic perspective, seeking a deeper understanding of one’s story and the formative events that contribute to identity and reveal one’s most authentic self. I will strive to create an atmosphere of safety and transparency to enable the healing of old and new wounds that still ache today. As a collaborative partner, I am committed to holding past, present, and future aspects of the her client’s inner world that can be intolerable alone, but in therapy, can lead to new life possibilities and new ways of being.
I am the director of treatment for Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders at Growth thru Change. Specific disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), specific phobias, social anxiety disorder (SAD), as well as those with nonspecific eating disorder and anxiety symptoms. After an initial consultation, we will work together to determine the need for both behavioral and relational interventions to manage and reduce anxious symptoms. These two specific approaches are outlined below:
Behavioral approach: My team of behavioral specialists work closely with all clients that meet criteria for behavioral therapy which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. These are skills-focused treatments aimed at altering maladaptive emotional responses through modifying an individual’s behaviors.
Relational approach: A less structured approach in which the past is explored to achieve insight into one present behaviors. It aims to uncover underlying conflicts that have become extremely influential in the psychological development and functioning of the individual.
Whether you are just beginning therapy or are continuing along in your therapeutic journey, I would like to support you by giving you a space to be curious about your personal, social, emotional and physical experiences and needs. I am eager to work with individuals towards lifelong fulfillment through the understanding of emotions and behaviors, and to build an environment that is rich in self-discovery.
I have extensive experience working with individuals who have OCD, anxiety, and with those who meet criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder. I work with individuals from a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach, specifically focusing on exposure and response prevention (ERP) and applied behavioral analysis (ABA).
CBT is an intervention that is effectively used to treat individuals with anxiety disorders and OCD and provides the basis for Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. CBT is built on the premise that behaviors, thoughts, and emotions are all intertwined, and by using skills to learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns, we can reduce problematic behaviors and improve our emotional state.
ERP is the gold-standard intervention for OCD and anxiety disorders. ERP focuses on increasing an individual's tolerance of anxiety, uncertainty, and discomfort. This is done by decreasing the use of rituals, compulsions, and unhealthy coping skills in response to anxiety-provoking scenarios. Together we introduce these anxious scenarios through a hierarchical manner, based on the individual's subjective experience. This allows a person to gradually build up their confidence to tolerate uncomfortable situations and eventually replace them with values-based activities and healthy coping skills which ensure long-term sustainable progress.
ABA is an intervention used with individuals on the Autism spectrum which focuses on increasing healthy, appropriate skills and behaviors while decreasing behaviors that are inappropriate, maladaptive, or harmful. ABA is another individual-based behavioral intervention that acknowledges that learning is not a "one-size-fits-all" practice. ABA uses various forms of behavioral teaching techniques, like modeling and reinforcement, to meet the needs of each individual person.
Drastic shifts are sometimes necessary to make room for what truly brings us happiness. These transitions may provoke anxiety, but they also prompt us to question, evolve, and finally become who we were meant to be. I am here to assist you in your journey of self-discovery, healing, and empowerment.
My approach is grounded in Psychodynamic and Relational Theory. We work together to understand your emotions, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain insight into your present-day issues, unhealthy patterns, and your path ahead.
I specialize in accompanying my patients through major life transitions:
- Discontent with the people and activities that
once provided enjoyment
- Self-questioning about who you are or where your
life is going
- Changes in family dynamics
- Affairs and other relationship challenges
- Sudden-onset illness
- Loss and grief
Every story is unique. My job in session is to listen well and frame a space that invites you to speak freely. I treat Individuals, teens, families and children in crisis using the telehealth medium. Connecting with angry, withdrawn, or difficult to reach children and teens is a specialty. If you’re worried about your little one, your teen is in trouble, or you notice that “family feeling” of togetherness, mutual support, and thriving is missing, we can tailor a successful approach for the specific situation your child or family faces.
My area of expertise is in helping people who grapple with overwhelming emotions, dissociative defenses, painful experiences, or self-destructive patterns to get to a place that's more livable. I work exclusively through telehealth. Integrating the tools of old school psychotherapy with affective neurobiology, relational theories of change, and a horizontal treatment approach, I can help you get to the root of the problem as we work in the moment towards equilibrium and a sense of connectedness to yourself and others.
When we facilitate a safe and comfortable space to speak, saying whatever comes to mind, the keys to resolving your difficulties emerge, and we work with these keys to make life more livable. This is the essence of the process, and teletherapy makes it available wherever you are.
Are you reasonably successful, yet know you have the potential to be so much more? Do you want your relationships to bring you more satisfaction and your career more success? Do you want to work hard and to play hard, too? You may be hampered from reaching your goals for many reasons: anxiety, depression or because you have never learned how to take those final steps to reach your potential.I have 33 years experience helping people overcome many difficulties and disorders. I invite you to contact me if you’d like to move your life forward to the one you want and deserve.
I am a NAAP certified psychoanalyst and have been in private practice since 1985. I am comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a wide-range of presenting problems. I treat all individuals with respect and use humor and warmth to help facilitate the therapeutic relationship.
It’s been a pleasure to serve others for the past 10 years in watching them heal, grow, and overcome life’s obstacles. I see children, adolescents, adults, and couples in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. I work with individuals, groups, and families working through trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. In addition, I often see children suffering from low self-esteem, victims of abuse, ADHD, and other behavioral issues. I also consult/advocate for children who have an IEP/504 plan. I can offer a holistic approach working with both individuals and sometimes their significant other/family member or parent to provide the best outcome. Life can be stressful. Don’t wait to get help. Please contact me for an appointment to get on the path of becoming the best version of you.
Making changes in our life begins by recognizing that changes need to occur and ones old ways of coping are no longer effective. Working with the right therapist can help you learn and apply new and adaptive coping skills to identify and maintain a life worth living. We can look at these past and present behaviors and work towards understanding where they come from. I create a therapeutic environment that is safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive. For over 20 years, I’ve specialized in working with individuals struggling with substance abuse, eating disorder, relationship challenges, depression, and anxiety.