Background and Theoretical Orientation

I hold a degree from the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology at Northwestern University.

My approach to therapy is primarily psychodynamic or psychoanalytic, with a specific focus on intersubjectivity; I find that our adult behaviors, relational patterns, and the beliefs we have developed about ourselves often have their roots in early childhood experiences. By fully examining our experiences in the past and present, we can come to understand ourselves more deeply and empower ourselves to make informed choices that can lead to positive change.

Given that we all live in relationship to other people--our friends, families, co-workers, and communities--my work is also informed by systems theory and an understanding of group relations. I pay attention to the roles that people take on in the various arenas of their lives and help people understand how these roles contribute to their overall sense of identity.

Most symptoms are adaptive. There are usually very good reasons for why people are operating in ways that may not make sense to themselves or others. I work with my clients to deepen their understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Over the course of treatment, this collaborative process can lead to positive change and self-growth.