EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS
I completed my undergraduate education at Grinnell College, where I studied psychology, cultural studies, and gender and women's studies. I then completed my doctorate in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. During my training, I gained experience providing therapy in diverse settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospital clinics, a college counseling center, and a psychoanalytic institute. I currently provide therapy and supervision at the Greene Clinic in Brooklyn, NY.
My research interests include sexuality, creativity, women's issues, and the interaction between systemic power dynamics and mental health. My doctoral dissertation examined the psychological lives of women who engage in BDSM sexual practices. I have also conducted research on transgender identity development.
My approach to therapy is grounded in the theory of relational psychoanalysis. The "psychoanalytic" part means that I believe that in order to grow, we need to get to know parts of ourselves that are currently outside of our awareness. We can do so by looking for patterns in our lives, emotions, fantasies, and dreams. The "relational" part means that I am especially interested in our patterns of relating to others: how they are formed, and how they can be changed when they no longer serve us. My work is also informed by ideas from attachment theory, trauma theory, and feminist, queer, and critical race theories.
I view therapy as a creative, collaborative process. As a therapist, I approach each session with a curious and open mind. I will let you take the lead in telling me what is most important to you, while actively sharing my thoughts and questions. As we build trust, I will help you to explore feelings that are painful and confusing. Past patients have told me that they appreciated my warmth and humor during this process. Patients have also found value in my ability to "hold" the many different parts of them at once and to point out patterns and connections.
Searching for a therapist can be an especially challenging for clients who belong to marginalized social groups, including sexual and racial minorities. Therapists are not immune to the biases that are a part of our larger culture, and clients may rightfully worry that their therapist might bring these biases into their work through micro-aggressions or failures of understanding. I strive to provide culturally-affirming therapy to all clients whose backgrounds differ from my own. This means that in treatment with me, you can expect the following:
I will not treat the ways that you are different from me as problems or symptoms.
If I lack knowledge about your experiences, I will make efforts to educate myself.
I will affirm you when you describe experiences of overt and covert discrimination.
I will maintain close attention to how my unconscious biases may be impacting our work.
I will always welcome your feedback regarding my limitations or blind-spots.