Relationship issues: Monogamy, primary, polyamory, and kink affirmative, I help clients develop and improve relationships with partners and spouses, family (including pets), friends and colleagues. I have led relationships workshops at community centers and places of worship in New York and Virginia.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) Affirmative Therapy: My doctoral dissertation was the first study of gay affirmative psychotherapy, and my master's thesis focused on bisexuality and social stigma. I have taught Relational Practice with Clients who are LGBTQIA+ at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) and I presented on LGBTQIA+ issues at the Richmond Academy of Clinical Psychology.
Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Culture: I am on the Steering Committee of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Culture at the Washington School of Psychiatry. I have taught Sociocultural Issues in Social Work Practice at Adelphi University and Relational Practice with Racial and Sexual Minorities at ICP+P. I have also presented on race, class and gender issues for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Maryland.
Recovery from Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety (including Social Anxiety), Trauma, Codependency & Addictive Behaviors: I have presented on depression and bipolar disorder at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) and the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society, alcohol abuse at the NASW Annual Addictions Institute in New York and cocaine abuse at PPSC.
Realizing your Career or Calling: I have helped many clients clarify their vocation. For some this has meant a change in career; for others it has meant finding ways to increase satisfaction in a current job and finding fulfillment outside of work.
Spiritual Growth: I have extensive knowledge of Christianity and Judaism, plus some familiarity with and much respect for other religions and spiritualities, including Unitarian Universalism, Ethical Humanism/Culture, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism. Having participated in personal spiritual direction for several years, I have also presented on Spirituality and Clinical Social Work for NASW Virginia.
Whatever your challenges may be, many clients like the attention that individual therapy provides, where our entire focus is on addressing your concerns. Relational Psychodynamic Therapy uses our relationship to help you understand and increase
motivation; I incorporate techniques from other approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well. Therapy is most effective when we meet weekly or twice a week, though under certain circumstances, we may meet less often.
Psychoanalysis has evolved a great deal since the time of Freud. Like many contemporary analysts, I have a relational approach, which focuses on the healing relationship between analyst and client. This intensive therapy is useful for long-term problems that are complex and difficult to resolve. It is also part of the training process for professional psychoanalysts. We will meet three times a week or more in psychoanalytic treatment.
Whether you have long-term, entrenched problems in your relationship, or just want to learn how to communicate more effectively, couples therapy can help you better understand and empathize with each other and find creative solutions to your problems. Couples therapy is most effective on a weekly basis; in certain situations, we may meet every other week.
With many years of experience providing psychotherapy and consultation to clinical social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychoanalysts, I provide consultation to licensed clinicians on specific cases or practice issues, on an as-needed or on a regular basis (weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly).
Teletherapy may be an option for any of these services. Ask me for more information.