Psychotherapy for emerging adults, students, and artists.
How can I help you?
Identifying What You Want From Life
Growing Rewarding Relationships
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
Overcoming Stress from Oppression and Micro-Aggressions
Managing Mental Illness
How do I go about helping you?
My goal is to help reduce your suffering, and help you reach your goals. I want you to experience more creative flow, loving-kindness and joy in your life. 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 fo 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 without much effort. At the beginning of each session, I offer to lead you in a very short mindfulness practice to help you relax and focus. During our session, mindfulness helps me stay connected and aware of what you bring to share. Midnfulness will help you stay in the moment, become aware of your feelings, and suffer less.
The rest of the time I listen actively. I pay attention to my intuition, but also to patterns, 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. When you ask, I will am happy to offer my responses to you generously and transparently.
I am trained to bring to our sessions my courage, to match yours, and my vulnerability, to honor yours. 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 know how to take care of myself in the process, and how to maintain you as safe as possible.
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.