Relationship issues: Monogamy, Primary and Polyamory Affirmative, I help clients develop and improve relationships with partners and spouses, family members (including pets), friends and colleagues. I have led relationships workshops at various community centers and places of worship in New York and Virginia.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Nonbinary, Genderqueer, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Allies+ (LGBTQIA+) Affirmative Therapy: My doctoral dissertation was possibly the first study of gay affirmative psychotherapy, and my master's thesis focused on bisexuality and social stigma. I have taught Relational Practice with Clients who are LGBTQIA+ at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) and I have presented on LGBTQIA+ issues at the Richmond Academy of Clinical Psychology in Virginia.
Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Culture: I am passionate about anti-racism and I find it deeply satisfying to work with clients of many cultures, partly because, though I try to be as culturally aware as possible, I learn so much when I do so. I have considerable practice experience with persons who are Black, Latinx and Asian American. I am a working member of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture at theWashington School of Psychiatry. I have presented on race, class and gender issues for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Maryland, and I have taught Sociocultural Issues in Social Work Practice at Adelphi University and Relational Practice with Racial and Sexual Minorities at ICP+P.
Recovery from Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety (including Social Anxiety), Trauma, Codependency & Addictive Behaviors: I have presented on depression and bipolar disorder at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) and the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society, alcohol abuse at the NASW Annual Addictions Institute in New York and cocaine abuse at PPSC.
Realizing your Career or Calling: I have helped many clients clarify their vocation. For some this has meant a change in career; for others it has meant finding ways to increase satisfaction in a current job and finding fulfillment outside of work.
Spiritual Growth: I have extensive knowledge of Christianity and Judaism, plus some familiarity with and much respect for other religions and spiritualities, including Unitarian Universalism, Ethical Humanism/Ethical Culture, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Having participated in personal spiritual direction for a number of years, I have also presented on Spirituality and Clinical Social Work for NASW Virginia.
Whatever your challenges may be, many clients like the attention that individual therapy provides, where our entire focus is on addressing your concerns. Relational Psychodynamic Therapy uses our relationship to help you understand and increase conscious and unconscious motivation. Therapy is most effective when we meet weekly or twice a week, though under certain circumstances, we may meet less often.
Psychoanalysis has evolved a great deal since the time of Freud. Like many contemporary analysts, I have a relational approach, which focuses on the healing relationship between analyst and client. This intensive therapy is useful for long-term problems that are complex and difficult to resolve. It is also part of the training process for professional psychoanalysts. We will meet three times a week or more in psychoanalytic treatment.
Whether you have long-term, entrenched problems in your relationship, or just want to learn how to communicate more effectively, couples therapy can help you better understand and empathize with each other and find creative solutions to your problems. Couples therapy is most effective on a weekly basis; in certain situations, we may meet every other week. Click here for a handout I give to clients with relationship issues.
Group therapy is a wonderful way to develop and improve relationships with significant others, family members, friends and colleagues. Groups meet weekly to discuss whatever issues are important in members' lives. Group offers powerful support and motivation and gentle challenge. It serves as a “relationships lab” where members may not only share about problems in their external lives, but also work on their actual relationships within the group. Group is also affordable; fees are lower than for individual therapy. Some members will be seeing me or other therapists for individual therapy; others may choose only to do group. Click here for an agreement to complete if you are interested in group.
I lead (2) groups:
1. Men's Group: Open to all self-identified men, this group explores members' issues in a supportive and gently challenging environment. Focuses included improving relationships with self and others (partners, family, friends, colleagues--and group members), emotional intimacy and recovery from childhood trauma. The group meets Wednesdays at 12 pm. Adult men of all ages and cultures welcome.
2. Mixed Group: This group focuses on improving relationships with self and others (partners, family, friends, colleagues--and group members) and a broad variety of issues in a supportive and gently challenging environment. The group is open to women, men and persons who are gender non-conforming and meets Thursdays at 5 pm. Adults of all ages and cultures welcome.
With many years of experience providing psychotherapy and consultation to clinical social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychoanalysts, I provide consultation to licensed clinicians on specific cases or practice issues, on an as-needed, or on a regular basis (weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly).
Teletherapymay be an option for any of these services. Ask me for more information.
My primary approach is Relational Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic. I also integrate theory and technique from these approaches: