I believe that the difficulties of life represent some of our greatest opportunities for growth, and have had the privilege of witnessing this phenomenon firsthand in the hundreds of people I’ve worked with in my career. After assessing strengths, I utilize these in bringing people through challenging times to foster greater self-awareness, independence and happiness.
Do you have a particular theoretical approach?
I consider myself fortunate to have had training in a range of psychotherapies, and feel comfortable and fluent in many. These include psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and positive psychologies with a strong interest and background in mindfulness based techniques. I look to traditional wisdom from a variety of cultures to better understand the universal in human nature. Because each person I meet with is unique, I adapt my style to their needs, human beings are far more complex than any one theory can capture. Instead, I borrow from what I know will work best for each case in that moment. Techniques or approaches may vary, but I am consistently compassionate, trustworthy, and straightforward.
Therapy & Coaching for:
- Anxiety & Panic
- Phase of life issues & transitions
- Self identity and self understanding
- Relationships and breakups
- Addictions & other compulsive behaviors
- Depression & bipolar mood disorders
- Shyness & social struggles
- Life and career coaching
- Mindfulness based treatment for a host of concerns
What can therapy do or help with that I can’t do on my own?
American and western culture has a strong emphasis on individuality and personal strength. These are values that have led us to great personal freedom and amazing opportunity, but have often made it a taboo to ask for help, particularly around issues of mental health. Good therapy can simply hold up a mirror to better see our blind spots. If the problem you are facing is not one that you’ve been able to solve on your own, it may be a sign that it is time to ask for some support or coaching through a tough time.
Why would I want therapy if there might be a pill that could help?
Certain medications are often indicated for certain people with certain issues. However, many people are rightly concerned about the long-term safety of medication, the efficacy of medication, and the relationship between some doctors and pharmaceutical companies. In cases where I feel medication might be helpful, I refer to psychiatrists who I trust to address the biological components of mental illness.
My colleague Dr. Stephanie Morgan once eloquently described the bio-psycho-social view of mental health (and mental illness), a theory that suggests our problems and their solutions are three-fold. The biological aspects can be addressed with medications and may be needed, but the psychological, social, and biological can all be addressed with psychotherapy. Indeed, MRI research now shows that talk therapy actually changes the structure of the brain.
Do you have a specialty?
I consider myself a generalist in the realm of psychotherapy, but I do believe I have particular strengths. Clinically, I enjoy working with people dealing with major transitions, with specialties in anxiety, mood disorders and academic / professional struggles with organization and procrastination. If I or a client feel that I would not be the best person for a particular case, I know numerous specialists in the Boston area and will work to find a good match for you.
Call or send me an email now if you would like to talk further.