As far back as I can remember I have always loved stories. Stories give you a chance to imagine what another’s experience is like—they inspire curiosity and the possibility of relating to those around you in new ways. This drew me to study literature as an undergrad at Boston University. Later, the same curiosity and the pleasure I found working with children and families as a psychiatric researcher at the New York State Psychiatric Institute led me to pursue a doctorate in psychology at Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Over the past seven years, I have conducted therapy and provided psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults in various settings including schools, foster care, and private clinics. The youth and families I have been fortunate enough to work with have shown me that people find a way to communicate their experiences courageously and persistently. I believe that meeting those communications with curiosity and empathy can help restore emotional balance when it is lost and that this process can open up new experiences and new understandings of the struggles that often bring people to therapy.
My training is rooted in psychodynamic theory and I approach therapy and assessment primarily from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. I come to each case guided by beliefs based in this theory: that each of us is unaware of certain, particularly conflictual aspects of our own experience and the defenses we use to manage these conflicts; that relatedness is a primary human need and desire; that early experiences with caregivers are internalized and influence personality development and later functioning.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, running, and hiking.