As a psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City, I have worked for several decades with men and women from all walks of life, hoping that the connection we forge will encourage a deeper knowledge and appreciation of who they are and the riches that this life – their own – can offer them. Together, we uncork the bottled feelings and thoughts that need to be aired and sorted until they find clear expression and begin to yield to the grace and beauty that is our natural state. The need to belong is at the core of our nature. Many of us feel disconnected, only dimly aware that the feeling of belonging is potent enough to restore the natural balance of our lives. As we awaken to this knowledge, we discover that the most crucial relationship of all – the one from which all others spring – is our relationship to the self. The circle of belonging grows from self to others, and from others to a new appreciation of our world.
Therapist and client together form a unique relationship: the creative and dynamic field of play between them offers an enlivening exchange whose purpose is to reclaim hidden, elusive parts of the self that feel too fragile, shameful, fearful, or dangerous to be lived outright. Our work together focuses on creating an awareness of the inner voice of our longings so that we may discover and affirm our unlived desires.
In pursuing my practice, I am indebted to the work of interpersonal and inter-subjective psychology, as well as to studies in myth, literature, philosophy, religion, the natural world, and any other subject matter I find meaningful and relevant to the transformative work of psychotherapy. I have also found the practice of “textual healing” to be helpful in certain contexts. This healing modality was initiated by Alain de Botton, a British writer-philosopher who offers clients specific, carefully selected readings that correspond to their presiding interests and concerns that help expand their creative imagination.
I work with individuals, couples, and groups. My special areas of competence are trauma, loss, affective disorders, the removal of blocks to creative living, women’s issues, and the fears and concerns that arise as we transition from one life stage to the next.