The world is calling to you. If you are struggling to accept what it offers, therapy may be helpful for you. At its core therapy is about relationships, and all relationships are different. So, I don’t yet know exactly what our work together might look like. I do know that the support and solidity of a strong therapeutic relationship provides space to reflect, heal, and change. Therapy promotes courage, well-being, and self-awareness. This relationship can sustain you as you accept grief and cultivate joy.
I did my graduate work in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City. The New School is known for its commitment to social justice and inclusion, which are values that I believe are foundational to therapeutic work. During my time as a trainee, I worked in the public hospital system in New York and in community mental health in Chicago, as well as in urban and rural college counseling. Partly due to these experiences, I have a broad degree of comfort for all kinds of life choices. My goal is to help you have a life that feels good to you—and that could look like a lot of different things!
I value warmth, connection, and authenticity in all of my relationships, including therapeutic relationships. My hope is that our work together will feel deeply rewarding and generative.
I practice psychotherapy with adults and adolescents in individual, couples, and group treatment environments. The populations with which I have the most experience fall into three broad categories:
If you have experienced a stressor, or stressors, you may notice that you always feel “on edge.” You may be afraid to do things you once enjoyed. You may be sleeping, eating, or drinking in ways that feel unhealthy or unsafe. You might find it difficult to have close relationships with others, and notice that your emotions change very quickly. I have worked with a number of people who experienced childhood stressors, including verbal and emotional abuse, exposure to community violence, and growing up with parents who were mentally ill. I also work with people who experienced stressors as adults. I trained in the Trauma and Affective Psychophysiology Lab (http://dandrealab.squarespace.com/) at the New School, and my understanding of responses to stressors is rooted in both my clinical work and my understanding of affective neuroscience.
You may be struggling to come out to your family or navigate an intolerant workplace. You may also have concerns that are completely unrelated to your sexual or gender identity, and simply want to work with a therapist who “gets it.” I work with people of all gender and sexual identities, and tend to approach this work from an intersectional perspective that honors your many overlapping identities. I follow an informed consent model when working with people seeking hormone treatment and/or surgery, and work closely with providers who offer these services. I know that systemic oppression exists and I know that LGBTQ+ individuals and communities can thrive in face of this oppression. I completed my clinical internship on the LGBTQ Health training track of Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Struggling with chronic illness can be a deeply lonely experience which is often misunderstood by loved ones, despite the best of intentions. Physical health and mental health are inextricably linked, and chronic illness or pain can contribute to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and grief…which can then exacerbate illness and pain. There are ways of coping with this vicious cycle, and managing the stress and isolation that may come with chronic health conditions. I understand that our work together will need to incorporate your body as well as your mind. I trained in health psychology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and in affective physiology at the New School for Social Research. I have worked with individuals coping with inflammatory bowel disorders, polycystic kidney disease, endometriosis, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
What type of therapy do you do?
I tend to focus on relationships, and particularly on patterns in relationships. I also tend to think psychodynamically, which means that I feel that relationship patterns are generally formed in early life, and that understanding those early relationships will help us understand how you are in the world right now.
What is your fee? Do you accept insurance?
My full out-of-pocket fee is $185. I accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, including Blue Choice plans. I also accept Cigna. I encourage you to verify that your insurance offers behavioral health coverage for service 90837 (therapy) prior to our first meeting. I do have a limited number of sliding scale spaces available.
Do you work with people by video call?
I can work with you remotely if you live in the state of New York, as I hold a license in that state. The world of telehealth is changing rapidly, so do inquire if you live in another state, or you're living abroad. I use a secure, HIPAA-compliant web platform for remote sessions, so your information is secure. However, the technology remains imperfect, so I prefer to meet in person when possible.
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What is your licensing information?
IL license 071.009369
NY license 021786