psychotherapy & me
I began learning and reading about psychoanalytic theory and therapeutic interventions in my late 20s, following a miscarriage. The baby I lost, and the seemingly relentless grief I felt, led me to my own therapy. In this amazing and loving work, I processed the loss of my first child, and in the process, gave birth to something new: a constant quest to find meaning in lived experience. Nearly 25 years later, I remain devoted to the notion that our inner lives, and our ability to “make sense” of the past, can bring us greater joy and vibrancy in the present.
My training is steeped in psychoanalytic theory, human development and trauma-informed care. Curiosity and a hunger for knowledge led me to the study of psychoanalysis. I wanted to go back to the beginning, to the origins of studying and writing about the therapeutic relationship and its capacity to heal.
After receiving my MSW in Clinical Social Work, at Fordham University, I studied and trained at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies (“NIP”), feeding my passion for learning and providing psychotherapy to underserved clients who needed help at significantly reduced fees. At NIP, I found a rich, rewarding home for studying, and honing my clinical skills. The NIP community is my professional home, … my work family. I consider it an honor to be part of this rich and caring professional community devoted to bringing effective, dynamic and individualized treatment to those we serve. I remain an affiliate of NIP in the Trauma Treatment Center where I continue to enrich my training in EMDR, and my learning in attachment theory and the neurobiology of trauma. I am a dedicated member of the recruiting and diversity committees. Psychoanalysis is an ever-evolving field; we strive to do better, reaching people traditionally “othered”, and looking at inherent biases in mental health services.
So, about my practice. My work is individualized to each person…. maybe this sounds cliche? It is not. While my work is grounded in somewhat formulaic clinical technique and bolstered by consideration for sound theoretical principles, each treatment, whether with an individual or a couple, is essentially it’s own living being.
An important part of my work and self care is clinical supervision and peer-consulation. Working with you and your life is an honor and I consider it serious business. Managing my insights, empathy and other feelings is an important part of helping you.– I do that in consultation with my peers and supervision with other clinicians. I don’t believe it is responsible to do this work alone. Of course, privacy and confidentiality are fiercely guarded –but among professionals, this is a seemless matter.
Psychotherapy and self care is for everyone.
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