Psychotherapy for high-achievers, emerging adults and students.
How can I help you?
Feeling more Productive, Calmer and Less Stressed
Feeling Happier and more Energized
Improving your Relationships
Identifying What You Want From Life
Enjoying Love & Intimacy
Living the LGBTQI2S Experience
Navigating Cross-Cultural Adjustment
Mastering Student Life
Activating Your Social Life
Making Parents & Family Work
Making the Best of Make-Overs & Transitions
Dealing Effectively with Emotions & Mood
Re-parenting Your Self
Processing Loss & Grieving
Overcoming Anxiety, Fear & Panic
Coaching Your Recovery from Addiction to _____ (fill in the blank)
Overcoming Stress from Oppression and Micro-Aggressions
Managing Mental Illness for a Rewarding Life
How do I go about helping you?
My goal is to help reduce your suffering, and help you reach your goals. I do my best to help you experience more creative flow, loving-kindness and joy in your life. I hope to liberate your energy for a calmer and less stressful way of living. My other goal is to protect your confidentiality and make you feel protected and safe during sessions. How do I go about achieving this?
Initially I do my best to make you feel comfortable. I listen with curiosity and empathy to build a therapeutic relationship based on kindness, compassion and unconditional regard. Research amply shows that this is the most helpful element of "talk therapy" no matter what modality the therapist uses.
Once in session, I find that people feel at ease with me because I am naturally engaged, authentic and direct. I practice a philosophy of being fully and humanly present, based on Martin Buber’s philosophy of being fully present in a relationship of mutual respect. My approach is the opposite to that of those movie therapists where the therapist is silent and writes on a pad, aloof and distant. I offer my views when you ask. I am very present and engaged.
Mindfulness is one of my favorite tools to use. Mindfulness, according to Dr. John Kabbatt Zinn, is awareness, in the moment, without judgment. I have a lot of experience helping people get into a state of mindfulness with less effort.
At the beginning of each session, I will offer to lead you in an optional short mindfulness practice to help you relax and focus. During our session, mindfulness helps both of us. It helps me stay connected and aware of what you bring to share. It will help you stay in the moment, be calmer, and suffer less from being at the mercy of your feelings.
The rest of the time, I listen actively. As I listen to you, I pay attention to my intuition, but also to themes, imagery, myths, thinking traps, somatic changes and emotions. My ability to use divergent thinking comes in handy to imagine how you experience the world and for noticing patterns and making connections that help me "get" what is happening internally with you.
I also track my intellectual and emotional responses to what you bring to the session to keep it about you and your goals. When you ask, I will am happy to offer my responses to you generously and transparently.
Looking into what is happening other people's soul is very moving and requires being open and vulnerable in order to be sensitive to details and to understand your condition with any depth. I am trained to bring to our sessions my courage, to match yours, and my vulnerability, to honor yours. I know how to take care of myself in the process, and how to maintain you as safe as possible. This is necessary to be effective.
Finding the unique effective intervention that helps you get your life in flow with your goals and desires is my reward. It is like a complex puzzle for which I get the pleasure of finding a solution. To solve it, I use a wide range of techniques gathered in more than 30 years of facilitating change with people. In our sessions, I will address any fear with kindness and compassion, and help you uncover sources of courage and resilience to accomplish what you defined as your goals.
My intention is to make every session worthwhile for you. I do a brief check-in at the end of each session to track how our collaboration is working and hope you take something useful with you.
Please feel invited to make a free appointment to ask me any questions you may have by clicking the button below or going to the contact me tab.