I am a social worker (LMSW) licensed to practice in Connecticut and a psychotherapist. I hold a BA in psychology and an MSW (Masters of Social Work). Currently, I am going through further psychotherapy training at the WNEPS (Western New England Psychoanalytic Society) in New Haven, and am a member of the CSPP (Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology). In addition, I am writing my PhD. dissertation on the history of American psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the early twentieth century.
During my studies, I was extensively trained in the treatment of people who suffer from anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I worked as a social worker in various facilities, among them a major mental hospital and an out-patient clinic. I also worked at a rehabilitation home for young woman who suffer from Eating Disorders, after which I completed a post-graduate training program in the treatment of Eating Disorders, a field which I now specialize in.
What Kind of Therapy I offer?
I welcome patients from all ages, cultures and backgrounds, who are suffering emotional pain and are struggling with various personal and inter-personal conflicts or "problems in living", such as emotional disturbances, sexual identity, stress, familial, romantic and social relationships, work and school stress etc.; who wish to develop social capabilities and communication skills, enhance self-esteem and confidence; or who are concerned with existential themes such as authenticity, loss and self-acceptance.
The therapy I offer is custom designed, tailored to fit the person's needs. I do not believe in generic solutions for individual problems, nor do I think that real work can be done if the patient senses that the therapist is applying a general theory or technique. As a social worker, I have been taught to observe the person as a whole, while taking into consideration social, economic and cultural factors that might influence his/her situation. I am therefore able to offer pragmatic, flexible, problem-focused and solution-oriented counseling that incorporates behavioral and cognitive treatment modalities. Alternately, as a psychodynamic psychotherapist whose work is highly informed by classic and contemporary psychoanalysis, I also offer in-depth treatment. To me, this essentially means seeking alleviation for one's suffering by looking at, inquiring into and gaining profound insight of oneself.
NASW (National Associations of Social Workers)
WNEPS (Western New England Psychoanalytic Society)
CSPP (Connecticut Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology)
English and Hebrew
Who can Benefit from Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can benefit literally anyone who wishes to be benefitted by it. As human beings, we all suffer emotional pain to a certain measure, at times less, at other times, unfortunately, more. There is more strength than shame in seeking help, and psychotherapy is, by definition, a helping profession. Thus, it can help improve the lives of people from all ages and backgrounds own their lives, gain clearer insight and make healthier decisions. It can help those dealing with anxiety, depression, loss in the family, social phobia, difficulties in romantic and familial relationships, low self-esteem and confidence, lack of professional motivation, work-related-stress, cognitive impairment, eating disorders, debilitating self-doubt, difficulty being genuine and authentic or achieving healthy individuation from their parents, etc. People often come to therapy reporting one problem, just to find out, with time, that other issues, deeply buried and unresolved, are actually what's troubling them. Therefore, psychotherapy can benefit everyone who is curious enough, willing, and ready, to go deeper and experience a new dimension of mental, emotional, cognitive and intellectual life, for the sake of alleviating pain. It can benefit anyone who has a question about his/her life – and in the end, we all do.
What is Psychotherapy?
There are endless ways of conceptualizing and defining psychotherapy. To me personally, psychotherapy is first and foremost a learning expedition, conducted in a private and safe place, through a unique kind of conversation, held within the framework of a special kind of relationship (between therapist and patient), whose aim is ultimately to alleviate pain and improve one's quality of life. If knowledge is indeed power, or at least if it has a transformative quality to it, then what people learn in therapy affords them the opportunity to apply this knowledge, to take responsibility over their lives and make more useful and healthier decisions.
People who decide to seek help in psychotherapeutic counseling are assumed to have already recognized that their lives are unfulfilling and lacking in some way, and to have at least partly made the decision to change in order to fill that lack (we are often very much conflicted about changing and seeking help and usually that conflict continues even after we consciously made the decision and started therapy).
A different way of putting this would be to say that regardless of the immediate motivationfor coming seeking therapy, everyone comes with a question to which s/he seeks an answer. This question, however, is seldom clear and straightforward and simple to articulate or even to identify. It often refers to a very old issue from the person's past that has lingered on and still tends to impose itself on the present by latching on contemporary concerns, interfere with the person's life and not allow them to fully experience joy and a sense of purpose. It will usually manifest itself in the form of something that can be called a "symptom", i.e. as some behavior or pattern-of-relationships, at the heart of which one typically finds a mixture of (an excess of) pleasure and suffering. This behavior or pattern is typically self-serving, can be gratifying in the short-term but also painful and self-destructive, and, in the long-term, completely debilitating and self-defeating. The person might not even be aware of it, nor will they be able to explain it logically. Identifying this symptom and inquiring into it are the first steps towards formulating the question which the patient poses about their life, a point from which, if one is inclined to keep working, an answer can be sought out as well.
The basic premise of the psychotherapy I offer is that the therapist does not know about the patient any better than the patient does. The knowledge into both the question and the answer already lies within the patient in their inner life and in their body, in the form of memories, feelings, wishes, fears, beliefs and expectations. It is the task of the psychotherapist to join the patient in their search, support and assist their tapping into that endless pool of knowledge that they contain, and their creating new meanings in what previously seemed altogether meaningless.
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