About My Clients
My clients tend to be introspective, thoughtful, and willing to consider new ways of looking at their beliefs and emotions. Their concerns include relationships with difficult parents, life transitions, relationship difficulties, depression, and questions of identity and purpose. I also work with members of the kink community on issues including self-acceptance, balancing kink and non-kink identities, and interpersonal challenges.
My Background and Approach
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has provided psychotherapy for more than 8 years to a variety of populations in different clinical settings. I earned my AB at Harvard University, and my MA and PhD at Fielding Graduate University. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Access Institute for Psychological Services, and earned my post-doctoral hours in a private practice. During my training, I worked with adults with mild to severe problems as well as mother-child pairs, children on the autism spectrum, teenage girls in a residential treatment center, and high-conflict couples and families. These varied experiences have helped me develop an understanding of change and growth over the lifespan, as well as tremendous respect for the amount of suffering that people are able to tolerate until help can be found. I admire the resourcefulness and effort with which my clients face their problems, and I consider it an honor to learn about their lives and collaborate with them.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that seeking out a therapist is an act of bravery. By doing so, you acknowledge that you have difficulties in your life that you prefer not to face alone. You seek help from a person you have never met, and give that person very personal information about yourself, hoping that your words will be listened to and understood without bias or judgment. I believe it is my job to be aware of the bravery you show by seeking me out, and to meet it by showing the highest possible degree of respect, competence, and thoughtfulness in my work with you. I also believe that to do my best work, I should respond non-defensively to any feedback you are willing to provide, and make use of our time together to provide as much benefit to you as I can.