The goal of all psychotherapy is emotional growth. For the individual client, this growth is seen in the effective management and ultimate resolution of one's anxiety or depression. For the couple, it is in new understandings and more productive conversations which then bring greater closeness. And for families, it is in the reinvention and redefinition of its members to promote the successful raising of children.
My psychotherapy practice is guided by the underlying assumption that all of us have the tools necessary to be well grounded, reflective, introspective and resilient people. Although psychotherapy is a science, building a relationship, however, is an art. The therapist works with the client to create a unique relationship — one where the client has a place to bring his or her struggles and get a kind of help which is otherwise unavailable.
I have been trained in psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive and family therapies, and this allows me great flexibility in matching the method of treatment to the client's, couple's or family's situation and needs. As appropriate, I will discuss adjunct forms of treatment and make referrals to medical, self-help or specialized care.
Successful treatment requires respect for the client and an ”informed eclecticism“ on the therapist's part. The therapist needs to appreciate the multiple causes for problems and utilize the competencies that the client already employs in managing his or her life. And the relationship of client and therapist needs to be flexible or firm based on the situation and the client's needs.
Although influenced by several schools of psychotherapy, the theory of Psychodynamic-Object Relations strongly guides my practice. Psychodynamic therapy focuses not only on working with the problems of every day living but also addressing the issues arising from the unconscious and one's relationships.
I am a member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers and National Association of Social Workers. I am a Fellow with the International Psychotherapy Institute where I have completed advanced psychoanalytic postgraduate training. I am a member of the International Eating Disorder Professionals and specialize in treating anorexia, bulemia, binge eating and other eating disorders.
Contact / Additional Offices
1900 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Woodley Park Office
2604 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
My psychotherapeutic orientation includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT psychotherapy) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I work with individuals, couples and families and facilitate parenting groups. My specialities include:
- Marriage and couples therapy
- Eating disorders
- Relationship with partner
- Relationship with family
- Career or work
- Role or age changes
- Loss or grief
- Chemical Dependency
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