How I work
When we begin a psychotherapy treatment, we embark on a journey together. I make it my business to get to you know you as deeply and thoroughly as possible. I want to know everything – What is a typical day like in your life? How was it to grow up in your family? your medical history, relationship patterns, who are your friends, your relationship to food, substances, exercise, your sexual and romantic life, and your relationship to spirituality. Everything.
As I get to know you from this holistic perspective, we begin to uncover how you repeat the patterns of your history – the way your childhood dynamics with your family are evidenced in modern day eruptions. This part of the work is to help you know what role YOU play in repeating those patterns and developing alternative response strategies when you are triggered to replay familiar roles.
Everyone gets something different. I work in a myriad of different modes of therapy techniques due to my many years of education and fondness for being a student as well as a professor. I am dedicated to learning the most current and empirically validated treatment techniques, and keep up with relevant recent neuropsychology research findings as well. My doctoral dissertation was on psychotherapy research which reflects the beginnings of my leaning toward understanding what is most effective in treatment. I tailor these techniques to fit different personality makeups and through discussion and trial and error, we will figure out which of these techniques work best for you.
During the process of discovery, your understanding of yourself is evolving and strengthening. We work together to co-create your story and set realistic goals for our work together. There is a lot of research which suggests that the process of setting goals influences the effectiveness of change. I like to have meta goals for the treatment (which most typically evolve as we progress), as well as weekly goals - what you are striving to work on between sessions in service of the meta goals.
If you would like, you will receive some version of mindfulness training and meditations that are designed to be of benefit to your particular goals and circumstances. Adding mindfulness sessions to the work is typically done more toward the middle / end of treatment. But if you like, I would be happy to start with them right at the beginning. There are countless empirical findings (2000 plus studies) which validate the effectiveness of mindfulness training on improving physical and mental well-being. It is by no means a waste of therapy time (10 mins) to develop and sustain that skill set during sessions. I also highly recommend maintaining your mindfulness practice throughout the week and we can work together to set that up if you don't have one already. I have been happy to observe that many people who come to work with me nowadays have substantial mindfulness practices already established. On my Resources Page are ideas for apps and audio recording of guided meditations that you might find useful.
- Individual Psychotherapy (Adults and Adolescents)
- Couples Therapy
- Walking Therapy (Walking and Talking) Please ask me about this if you are interested. It combines two healthy activities into one!
- Psychological Testing (Adults and Children)
- Clinical Supervision (For Columbia doctoral students as well as private practitioners. I also provide post degree, clinical hours for those working toward receiving their licenses.)
- Mindfulness Training (Group and Individual)
- Peacetime (Mindfulness and Attention Training for grades K-8)
Areas of Expertise Include
- Relational difficulties (working through challenges with family, partners, and friends)
- Sex and gender
- Substance misuse and eating disorders
- Feeling "stuck"
- Relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for individuals and couples
- Mindfulness technique training
- Buddhist psychotherapy
- Incorporating techniques from CBT, ACT, DBT, MBRP, harm reduction, positive psychology and empirically validated treatments.
I regularly make referrals to a team of healthcare providers if you need services that may be more specialized including:
- Medication Evaluation
- Yoga therapy
- Neuropsychology evaluations