I am trained to hear and understand you in a way that is different from your friends and family. I will listen to your story with an ear to finding how your past experiences impact your current difficulties. Speaking with someone who can listen in a new way, and help you piece together and learn from your past, can provide tremendous relief, and facilitate your growth in a direction of your own choosing.
My approach with clients is dynamic, collaborative, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. The trusting relationship built between therapist and client provides a safe space in which you can better understand your reactions, patterns of behavior, emotions, and relationships. While I use a variety of treatment approaches based on each person's needs, I practice from an evidence-based psychodynamic foundation. From this foundation, I help you gain insight into your life and present-day problems. We'll also evaluate patterns, emotions, thoughts, and beliefs that have developed over time. As we gain insight into recurring patterns that cause distress, you can begin to change those patterns.
Over the past several years I have worked with clients dealing with such issues as grief and loss, relational difficulties, life transitions, low self-esteem, family conflict, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, alcohol and substance problems, and bipolar disorders.
I am currently attending the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. I obtained my Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University.