About therapy

Psychotherapy is a holistic approach to a range of problems. The one to one relationship you have with your therapist means that your unique needs and circumstances are addressed from a comprehensive perspective. If you’re suffering from long-lasting issues such as depression, anxiety, or a series of unsatisfying relationships, a psychoanalytic approach can be particularly beneficial. This type of therapy is called “depth therapy” because I work closely with you to understand the unconscious origins of persistent problems or repetitive relationship patterns. Exploring your mind and emotions in this way eases suffering and initiates new ways of thinking and living.

I work from a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective (see bottom of page for more details). I believe that enduring change happens when you as a whole person are taken into consideration — including your mind, emotions, your overall well being, and your life context. My approach is especially beneficial if your struggles stem from present or past relationships that have been a source of significant stress or suffering. The relationships you need to talk about in therapy may be with individual people as well as with groups, institutions, and communities.

Therapy can feel energizing and inspiring at times, and challenging at others. Things come up that may be hard to face, but you don’t have to face them alone. Some of what arises in a course of treatment is a new recognition of your unique potential and capacity for realizing your most precious life goals.

The people in my practice

I work with individual adults, couples, and occasionally groups. I welcome a variety of people into my practice with different cultural backgrounds, personal identities, and from different age groups (18 - elder years). As a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman in mid-life, it is my intention to value your background and identity, whether different or similar to my own experiences. I welcome questions about how I will be able to understand your personal  and life circumstances, past and present.

My specialties and orientation

My areas of clinical focus and expertise include: relationships and intimacy; mild to major depression; anxiety, panic, and fears; mood fluctuations and disorders; anger and healthy aggression; adult and childhood trauma and complex trauma; postpartum stress and parenting; life transitions and aging; chronic illness and pain; complicated grief and loss; work-related problems; and support for writers and leaders.

My primary orientation is integrative, socio-cultural, and psychoanalytic. Additionally, I am influenced by mind/body approaches; east/west psychology; eco-psychology; and recent findings in neuro-psychology. My two decades of study and experience with Buddhist meditation and other contemplative practices also influences my philosophy and approach to my work.

Finally, you have a say in how we work together. Discussing this in your initial session is an important part of starting therapy.