I’ve been in private practice since 2010, first as a clinical psychologist and then as a psychoanalyst. Currently, I specialize in offering quality psychoanalytic treatment remotely and online. This type of practice has become more commonplace since the pandemic. It has been useful to be able to continue treatment from home and many prefer to continue working in this way. It is often preferable for freelancers, students, people who work from home and/or have small children; those of varying ability, who may be homebound or live rurally and may not otherwise have access to psychoanalytic treatment. It is also a useful modality for people who travel often – entrepreneurs, creatives, business people, actors – and are constantly on the go. For those who often travel, the ability to see a high-quality clinician remotely aids with continuity of care. This may also be of interest for those who have relocated to another country and hope to find an analyst with whom they may speak in their native tongue.
My areas of expertise are psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, treating anxiety and depression, as well as exploration of gender, sexuality, identity and body. I am fortunate to have a wide range of experience working in a variety of treatment modalities and clinical settings – including private practice, hospital settings, mental health clinics and universities – with persons suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual abuse, self-harm; university students transitioning into new careers and procuring long-term relationships; people suffering with chronic medical conditions, including HIV and other autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury; issues concerning older adults and the elderly, dementia, grief and loss. In my experience, a combination of psychoanalytic psychotherapy (talk therapy, usually 2-3 times per week), psychoeducation and coping skills has proven to be the best treatment for attaining the long lasting results and consistent life changes that one desires – encouraging exploration of the self, uncovering the roots of relationship patterns, fostering creativity, decreasing inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety – all while putting concrete stress management skills in place to help manage symptoms while doing the deeper work of talk therapy.
Psychological symptoms are not simply external problems to be overcome but rather messages speaking to unconscious wishes and conflicts. The best way to approach them is with a non-judgemental stance, remaining conscientious to not over-pathologize the human experience, paying attention to your dreams and fantasies, and listening to your body. Understanding the root of symptoms can decrease anxiety while increasing drive and creativity. Gaining insight into relationship patterns fosters the ability to break unuseful cycles and create healthier ways of living and interacting with others in romantic and professional relationships.
I also provide consultation services for mental health practitioners and psychoanalysts in formation who are interested in deepening their understanding of psychoanalytic theory and practice.