In psychotherapy and couples counseling, I use a flexible and interactive approach to assist clients in developing new coping strategies. I do this by helping clients to understand how their moods are influenced by the interplay between biological factors and their past and present experiences. New advances in neuroscience emphasize the role of the brain in shaping how we feel and our ability to manage uncomfortable feelings. This body of research informs us about why it is often so hard to change how we feel. It confirms why it is difficult to "snap out" of negative feeling states.
My purpose is to create a safe environment where clients can access and express painful and angry feelings. I helps clients to develop insight into what triggers unhealthy, self-critical thoughts, self-defeating patterns of behavior, the sources of debilitating depression and anxiety, personal dissatisfaction, and feelings
My practice includes work with a wide variety of individuals and couples whose presenting issues are quite diverse. Some of the typical issues she works with in her psychotherapy and counseling practice are:
Relationship Troubles (family, work, friends)
Couples Issues (marital conflict, divorce, relationship problems of people living together or separately, straight, gay and lesbian, bisexual, transgender, open relationships, and polyamorous)
Job Stress and Dissatisfaction
Gay and Lesbian Issues (LGBTQ)
Substance Abuse and Recovery Issues
Coping with Chronic Illness
As an author, I have written on the process relational psychotherapy. As an educator, I have taught as an adjunct professor of advanced clinical courses at Adelphi University's School of Social Work, I have supervised therapists in the psychotherapy and psychoanalytic training programs.