Psychotherapy for Teens, Adults and Families
Treatment for Adults
I see people who are struggling with mood conditions of all kinds, such as depression, anxiety, reactions from past trauma, intimacy & relationship problems. It takes courage to look honestly at ourselves, but I believe that if we don't ask the questions about how our history shaped us, patterns repeat themselves. My approach is geared towards helping people identify the various coping mechanisms they have used to avoid being in touch with their feelings and themselves.
Many people I see have a history of trauma of one kind or another. Trauma comes in many forms, including all types of abuse and even neglect of a child's emotional needs. People seeking therapy are often interested in understanding how their earlier need for attention and understanding (for example) went unfulfilled yet continues to impact their sense of self, their relationships, and even motivation and mood. Therapy can help deepen that understanding and allow people to have what is called a corrective emotional experience. Working with adolescents and families over several years I appreciate and understand the significance of family roles, of how family life shapes who we are, and how we can balance acceptance of family influence with a process of individuation.
Treatment for Adolescents and Families
The teenage years can be some of the most challenging – for both kids and parents. By the time families seek therapy for their teen’s problems, they have tried a variety of strategies. Again, it takes courage for families to look at themselves honestly and address what is no longer working in the system. It is essential that all family members feel welcomed, safe, heard, and understood, never judged or blamed.
At times, our work may be challenging. My goal is to help families get to a place where they no longer need a mediator to communicate with each other — so they can problem-solve, negotiate, and express their needs directly to one another.
I work with teenagers to help them negotiate what they want without acting out or shutting down. And I work with parents on finding effective strategies to deal with acting out behaviors so they may connect with their child again and support them through the tough times.
My psychotherapy practice is in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles. I have worked with adults, adolescents & families, with problems related to dual diagnosis & all kinds of trauma. After working in the field for several years I wanted to understand people better - to have a deeper understanding of the psyche, of personality structure and to help people make more lasting change. A few years ago, I began taking courses at LAISPS (Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies). This led to enrolling as a candidate for training to be a certified psychoanalyst. I began my studies in October 2018 and am currently in the process of studying the art & science of psychoanalysis, which involves coursework, infant observation, supervised control cases, and my own analysis.