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 13-17) 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.