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Am I the Right Therapist for You?

Although I have a pretty eclectic group of patients, I will say that certain types of patients seem to gravitate toward me, and vice versa.  

Having an artistic background, I enjoy working with creative professionals, including artists themselves as well as those working in supportive roles.  I strive to help people live up to their creative potential, and I view the practice of psychotherapy itself as venue for creativity.  I often find myself helping artists navigate the wish to be true to their selves and their dreams while at the same time struggling to live in a world that doesn't remunerate the artist fairly.  So, I sometimes work with artists who feel despairing and ready to make career changes.   Some, not surprisingly, become therapists. 

During my career I regularly encounter trauma, both what we call "Big T" trauma (early sexual, physical and emotional abuse, as well as accidents, adult rape and near death experiences) as well as "little t" trauma (ongoing patterns of relational dysfunction, neglect, disorganized attachment and generally not being seen). Trauma injures the mind, body and spirit. My work with trauma is informed by psychoanalytic concepts, attachment theory, and somatic experiencing interventions that directly target body memories that are often not accessible verbally.

I also work with individuals in recovery, family members of those struggling with addiction, and individuals who think they might "drink or drug too much" but are not ready to consider options such as sobriety.  I believe that psychotherapy can either help patients moderate, or, if that proves an insurmountable task, accept the possibility that sobriety may be the best options.  I am well versed in 12-step models as well as more psychoanalytic conceptions of addiction and somatic experiencing techniques that help with self regulation. 

 I am committed to sustaining a practice that reflects the diverse make-up of NYC.  I maintain a practice that is representative of the  LGBTQ community,  persons of color, individuals of varied cultural and religious affiliations,  and individuals who may not be able to pay for treatment without the use of in-network benefits.  As a white woman who strives to be aware of the impact of intersectionality and micro-aggressions, I try my best to regularly question my own possible biases and to listen, listen and learn.  

One word about your choice of therapist:  countless studies have shown consistently that the most important factor in determining a successful therapeutic outcome is the quality of the connection between the therapist and the patient.  Therefore, I urge you to consider chemistry and fit as you meet with me. My feelings will not be hurt  if you choose to work with someone else.  

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