Individual Psychotherapy

My background and approach

The foundation of my professional training lies in Clinical Social Work ( LCSW, PhD), and  Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalysis (Adult).  I pursued additional training in infant observation, infant development, attachment theory, early object relations, couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy and parent/infant/toddler psychotherapy to enhance my skills.

I bring to my work a sensitivity to the subtle ruptures and repairs that can go on minute to minute in the life of a newborn, its mother/father/caregiver, “the couple” – all throughout development.   These ruptures and repairs and non-repairs shape patterns that are embedded in memories, our bodies, our feelings and thoughts. Most of this is non-verbal and by observing mothers and their babies, fathers and other caretakers, the trained observer becomes aware of the development of a personality,  attachment, emotion and memory and the importance of rupture and repair. I carry this  to my work with adults, couples and parents, and am aware of the non-verbal communicating that goes on while observing and listening.

Helping people accept and work through difficult feelings such as hate, envy, jealousy, opens up pathways to love differently and facilitates creativity.  Keeping in mind the importance of separateness and difference; the development of an ‘inner voice’;  autonomy and owning strengths and limitations is an important aspect of the therapeutic process.

The psychotherapist makes use of the ‘here and now’ by exploring the patient’s inner experience and how it unfolds in daily life.

What is therapy like? And what’s the difference between psychoanalysis and therapy?

The most obvious difference between psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy is the intensity and frequency of sessions. In psychoanalysis, frequency is 3-5 times per week and in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy it is 1-2 times per week.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an insight-oriented approach and treatment aimed at reducing psychological suffering. It is based on the same principles as psychoanalysis and is less intensive than psychoanalysis.

What good is therapy?

Taking the time and effort to self-reflect, allow for curiosity about what motivates the behavior, accept painful realities, examine relationships facilitates learning new ways to handle conflict,  break patterns that no longer work and helps make conscious choices in your life and relationships— this is a gift you can give yourself and those close to you.

The therapeutic relationship can be life-changing, whatever stage of life you are in.  Ultimately, the goal is awareness that facilitates reflection, reconciliation and letting go of the ties and behaviors that keep us from living freely.  To know one’s own mind, to develop an inner compass, to be able to choose freely without guilt, shame, or anxiety is liberating.

Other benefits of psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis is that people find that talking and thinking with a professional who listens may engender a sense of clarity, understanding and new coping strategies. Talking and feeling understood fulfills a deep desire for people.

Psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytic psychotherapy helps you to experience life more deeply, enjoy more satisfying relationships, resolve painful conflicts. Its greatest gift is the freedom to make different choices, change and to continue to grow.