I am a Columbia University-trained psychotherapist, and I am passionate about helping individuals, couples and families thrive. I bring active engagement to helping my patients build the life they want—raising the hard topics and giving directions when needed. Therapy is most successful when it is conducted as a truly collaborative effort, where each of us uses our strengths and smarts to discover what’s necessary for growth. This means I will work closely with you to build our relationship and that work will help you to grow and create the conditions for you to make powerful changes in your life.
Prior to beginning work in private practice I served as a therapist and clinical supervisor for the Counseling Services Unit of the FDNY. My work was largely with men who had not been in therapy before and also included couples and families in different stages of healing from complicated grief and trauma, including the World Trade Center attacks. Building on the strength of already established relationships and creating them where they were needed were very important parts of the therapy process at the FDNY.
My post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Multicultural Family Institute have helped influence a practice that values the significance of family—both families of origin and the families we shape in our adult lives—in our development as humans, the understanding of which can help inform our growth in therapy. In line with my training at the Multicultural Family Institute, I have an interest in social justice and how diversities–whether race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.–affect both the individual and our families.
I love helping my patients get unstuck from the patterns they live and relive over and over—in jobs, relationships, families, or even inside their own heads. Coming to therapy means coming out of isolation, inviting in a disruptive partner (me) who can challenge those patterns and help you think outside the box (including the diagnostic box that defines so much of therapy), gaining new perspectives and finding creative ways so that you grow emotionally and develop new ways of relating to your life. It is about having conversations that will help you create new ways of acting and reacting in your life.