I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with adults and older adolescents with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and trauma. Much of my experience has been working with individuals who have been significantly distressed for some time, but who have strengths and can function well in many areas of life.
Fundamentally, I work from a psychodynamic orientation, which recognizes that the sources of your distress can be complex and often out of your immediate-awareness. I believe that whatever you feel or think or do, occurs for understandable reasons—even if they are troubling or not so clear. I enjoy working with people in an empathic, non-judgmental way to make sense of these reasons. Practically-speaking, this process aims to make relationships more satisfying, goals more attainable, and freedom more accessible.
My work is guided by the notion that psychological distress is often related to habitual ways of perceiving and interacting in the world--ways that have protected and helped you in the past, but now tend to get in the way of living a more satisfying, enjoyable, and efficient life.
Within the first few sessions of therapy you should have a pretty comfortable feeling that we are working well together. You should get the sense that you are being understood, and feel that we are on the same page, with a sense of hope. If this is not the case, then I will help you find someone with whom you feel a better fit.
For more information about the psychotherapy I provide please click on the tab "About Psychotherapy"