I work with adults of all ages. It’s never too late to start therapy. Change is possible, with any symptoms (even ones you haven’t resolved in the past), if you are willing and motivated. The psychoanalytic form of therapy I practice offers a detailed focus on whatever symptoms and problems you have. I’ll help you work out what is at their root. Psychotherapy is one option. Psychoanalysis, due to the benefit of more frequent sessions, permits deeper change. For information about both psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis, see “My Approach”, “FAQ”, “On Psychoanalysis”, “On The Use Of The Couch”, “What Do I Look For In A Therapist” and “What if Therapy Hasn’t Helped Me in the Past?”. For a list of various psychological problems I’ve worked with for many years, please see my “Areas of Expertise.”
When you contact me, we’ll set up an initial consultation, usually consisting of two or three meetings. Following those meetings, I’ll recommend a treatment approach designed to meet your specific and individual needs – including the frequency of sessions I think will be most helpful. The frequency of our sessions is a decision we both come to. Once we discuss and agree upon a plan, our work together begins.
The same process of consultation, as well as my detailed focus on presenting problems and symptoms, extends to the following areas of my practice:
The teenage years are a period of separation, growing independence, and personal development when teens grapple with many intense feelings – about themselves, who they are and will become, about their parents, and about their relationships. As we all know, adolescence can be difficult. When feelings become symptoms, teen therapy helps them navigate through this complex time. An individualized plan of therapy is decided, and discussed with parents, before we begin.
All intimate relationships have their challenges. Each member of a couple brings their own history, sensitivities, and individual needs to the relationship. Sometimes, there’s a clash—or many clashes. Not infrequently, it’s difficult to understand or make allowances for the other partner’s separate ways and personal inclinations. When conflict arises, there’s often difficulty for couples to earnestly talk, see solutions or work out compromises — especially when the problems aren’t clearly understood.
Couples therapy focuses on sorting out and understanding the nature of these difficulties. By establishing a safe, neutral space for couples to listen to each other and open honest communication between them, we work together to find solutions that meet the couple’s combined and individual needs. In some cases, when resolution is impossible and differences are irreconcilable, therapy can also help couples through the difficult process of separating.
Parents and Their Teenage or Adult Children
Words and actions between parents and their children can, at times, become angry, strained, or closed down. Hurt and defensiveness usually follow and while misunderstandings are inevitable, they are unwanted and painful. I work with parents and their teenage or adult children to provide a neutral and supportive place to communicate, listen, understand each other’s feelings and needs, and to resolve underlying misunderstandings, hurt, or resentment. The goal of this important work is to build a stronger basis for ongoing, satisfying, and open conversation.