My approach to psychotherapy derives from psychodynamic and existential traditions, which center on giving language to emotional experience, identifying unconscious patterns of behavior, and finding meaning in life. I work with adolescents (ages 11-18) and adults.
No two treatments are alike, as psychotherapy is adapted to meet your unique needs and goals. During our initial sessions, you and I will discuss your specific reasons for seeking therapy and how we can establish a treatment plan that makes sense for you. I can help address your concerns in a variety of areas, including:
Anxiety and panic
Relationship or interpersonal problems
Borderline personality disorder
Behavioral addictions (e.g., videogames, gambling, social media, pornography)
Loss and grief
Trauma and PTSD
School and career concerns
Feeling empty, creatively unfulfilled, or in despair
Wanting to know yourself better
While individual treatments focus on one person’s internal world, effective couples therapy examines the shared world of two people. This places great importance on understanding how communication and problem-solving work (or don’t work) within the relationship. My role is to serve as a kind of emotional translator in order to resolve sources of misunderstanding and conflict, and in so doing help both parties develop a deeper and more honest understanding of who they are individually and together, what they find meaningful in an intimate partnership, and the extent to which the relationship is capable of meeting those needs.
I offer short-term assessments for individuals interested in gaining clarity on a specific psychological issue. Oftentimes that person is already in psychotherapy, but their therapist may have questions about diagnosis or course of treatment that I am experienced in answering. In other cases someone may be considering longer-term treatment but is interested in first exploring a more focused process. Consultations are usually unstructured, meaning I do not administer tests, though questionnaires or other instruments may be used if indicated. At the end of the consultation I produce a written report that includes a summary of findings and recommendations. (Please note: I do not offer neuropsychological evaluations to test for ADHD or other issues related to academic exemptions.)
I provide both open-ended and short-term supervision to mental health professionals from a variety of credentialing backgrounds (psychology, psychiatry, social work, and mental health counseling). The space I strive to create in supervision is flexible and patient, in order to promote the development of unique clinical voices rather than imposing any one style or ideology. I tend to be a particularly good fit for early-career clinicians struggling to feel connected to a theoretical orientation, those seeking guidance in case conceptualization and diagnosis in complex cases, and those interested in some of my areas of specialization, including videogame and technology use, existential crises, and borderline personality disorder.
I am a New York State licensed clinical psychologist. I received my B.F.A in playwriting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. My clinical internship training was completed at Columbia University Medical Center.
In addition to my private practice, I am a clinical supervisor at The New School for Social Research and the City College of New York, and an adjunct professor of psychology at Fordham University. My writing on the intersection of mental health and technology has appeared in Kill Screen, Logic, and elsewhere.
My first book, The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play, will be published by The Experiment in North America on March 31, 2020. It is currently available in the United Kingdom under the title Universal Play, published by Little, Brown.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do sessions cost? Do you take insurance?
I am an in-network provider for Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Those covered by a different insurance company with out-of-network behavioral health benefits can also receive substantial reimbursements for treatment. If you are unsure of your coverage, I recommend you contact your insurance company in advance.
My standard rate is $250 per individual session and $350 per family or couples session. I accept payment in the form of cash, check, and all major credit cards.
What's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychologists (like me) receive doctoral-level degrees (like a Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and have advanced training in psychotherapy and assessment. Psychiatrists hold medical degrees (M.D.) and therefore have expertise in biological processes and pharmacology, i.e. prescribing medication. If in the course of treatment you and I feel medication is needed in addition to therapy, I am able to refer you to a psychiatrist who will help manage that side of things while we continue our work together.
How do I know I'm choosing the "right" therapist or type of therapy?
The ever-growing variety of therapies and therapist credentials can easily overwhelm this simple fact: What matters most is that you feel a genuine human connection with your therapist, a sense that he or she has the capacity to understand you and your concerns. The information on this website is intended to provide you with a preliminary idea of how I think and practice -- if my perspective seems in-synch with your own, there is good reason to think we will work well together.
The best way to know for sure is to come in for an initial evaluation. I devote our first 3-4 sessions to obtaining a comprehensive overview of who you are and what brings you to therapy, while giving you the opportunity to get to know me and how I work. At the end of the evaluation we will decide together whether continuing to work together is the best option for you. If not, I will provide referrals tailored to my understanding of you based on the evaluation process.