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In my practice as a psychotherapist, I have enjoyed a rich, diverse life from New York City to the wilderness of Alaska. Along the way, I’ve been exposed to a wide range of people and various challenges. I grew up in Brooklyn New York, attending graduate school and psychoanalytic training in Manhattan. Living in Greenwich Village, the community of arts and alternative culture influenced my personal and professional growth.
On the other end of the spectrum, from 2003 through 2011, I lived with my family in Southeast Alaska in our off-the -grid home on a peninsula bordering one of the deepest fjords in North America. Our home was accessible only by foot or small boat, depending on the tides. This approach was always beautiful, but at its most challenging could include gale-force-winds, ice-cloaked rock and wading through a rising creek.
Providing therapy to a rural northern community, I learned that despite their strengths people continue to feel shame and worry that they will be judged as weak, if they work with a psychotherapist. Passionate about de-mystifying psychotherapy and the relational issues we all experience, I produced Shrink Rap, a radio show for the local public station. The show features acting and analysis of the psychological and emotional reactions we have to everyday life.
Difficulties with transitions inspire people to consult a therapist. Some struggle with loss while others are afraid to risk, for fear of losing love. Therapy is a journey, for all who participate. I look forward to sharing creative approaches to psychotherapy with you.
Shrink rap on the air, Mentalizing in the Last Frontier in the December 2012 issue of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, the International Journal of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and students who have experienced a wide range of relationship issues, including unresolved trauma and loss.
Clinical supervision for interns and psychotherapists.
Consultations for schools, physicians and community groups seeking education and support for mental health issues.
Telephone sessions and live internet video is available for those who are at a distance from my office in Eugene, Oregon.
My relational style is warm, direct and guided by an empathic stance. Contemporary research and clinical practice acknowledge the importance of the therapeutic relationship in bringing about recovery from stressful life events. In the process of therapy, sometimes insecurities, anxieties or other tensions may be triggered by a therapist's responses or as you formulate new ideas.
I encourage people to discuss how they are affected by experiences in sessions. This will help us develop an accurate understanding about how the way we relate helps you to feel more or less open.
I enjoy supporting the growth of the capacity to mentalize that is " to think about thinking" or to "know one's own mind." Assisting people to expand their capacity to be reflective vs. reactive is essential for dealing with emotional and physical pain. Identifying destructive patterns in relationships can reverse negative cycles of hopelessness, fear and depression into hope, empowerment and change.