I am trained as a psychodynamic psychologist. As such, I believe that our early experiences shape our later expectations of ourselves and our relationships. Through psychotherapy, I help patients examine patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may have begun early in life and continue to generate unhappiness, with the goal of relieving depression and anxiety. As patients gain self-awareness and come to recognize and handle their feelings more adeptly, they often develop a more cohesive identity. I have extensive experience integrating cognitive-behavioral techniques into the treatment as necessary to address more circumscribed problems (i.e. phobias, trichotillomania). While working to mitigate them, I am mindful of understanding what underlies the patient's vulnerability to developing these particular symptoms.
After conducting a thorough assessment, I provide recommendations and develop a treatment plan based on the specific needs of the patient. My approach is collaborative and supportive as I help people develop deeper insight into why they do the things they do and feel the way they feel. As a consequence, patients are able to exercise more conscious control over the choices they make, leading to a greater sense of agency and autonomy and more satisfying interpersonal relationships.