Education + Training:
I hold both a Master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University. Additionally, I hold a Master’s degree in Health Education from the University of Texas at Austin with specializations in mindful awareness and women’s health. Throughout my education and professional career, I have worked in hospitals, community clinics, skilled nursing facilities, crisis centers, universities, and in private practice. Such assorted experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with people of all ages suffering a range of psychological ailments and have provided the chance to explore multiple therapeutic treatment modalities.
While I am trained in a variety of treatment approaches, I am of the opinion that contemporary short-term approaches such as CBT and DBT, while occasionally useful, often act as band aids that mask symptoms rather than working to shift your psychic economy to effect transformation. With short-term approaches, one is left with constantly having to “monitor and manage” symptoms rather than a true working through of a symptom such that there is nothing left to manage.
My clinical and research experience have led me to believe that Embodied Analysis offers the greatest possibility for deep and enduring change. Rather than simply focusing on eradication of symptoms, Embodied Analysis invites you to explore your life fully and identify areas where you would like to see change occur while also helping you acknowledge and accept the limitations inherent in and necessary to life. This is not easy work. We are complex beings inhabited by an unconscious that is frequently making choices for us without our (conscious) knowledge. Though we often wish for a quick fix, we are far too intricate for such easy alterations. Psychotherapeutic work is the time to slow down, explore the details, connect with one’s body, and engage one's unconscious life.
In addition to my academic degrees, I study various movement therapies and yoga philosophy. These studies inform my therapeutic approach, as much of modern day psychological distress stems from our culture’s emphasis on doing (individuals being mindlessly productive!) at the expense of being (connecting and engaging with community, creativity, living simply). When we are constantly doing (which is very different than thoughtfully engaging), there is little time to connect to intuition and other ways of knowing that may offer joy and relief. I seek to help people realize how very disconnected we typically are from ourselves and those around us.
When not engaged in clinical practice, I write in the areas of critical cultural commentary, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and psychoanalysis as creative art. My writing aims to illuminate the ways modern society perpetuates psychological distress and to encourage the development of creativity, aesthetics, and a sense of beauty as powerful counter correctives.
I draw upon psychoanalysis, therapeutic movement, and various forms of creative expression that foster your capacity to bear truth, expand, and evolve so as to effect change in both your own life and the social world around you.
Licenses + Credentials:
New York State License: #021169
California State License: #28758