In my practice I offer psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, group therapy, couples therapy, supervision, consultation, and education to training clinicians. On this page you will find a description of these services, as well as my philosophy about finding a therapist and specialties.
Be with those who help your being.
On finding a therapist...
Seeking help amidst the sea of therapists out there is overwhelming to say the least, and one's mental health is so personal, it is hard to know who can help. Psychotherapy is a collaboration in pursuit of your growth and development. I hope to provide a safe and private space where you feel comfortable to talk about the matters of the heart that plague you. I believe you deserve nothing less than a respectful and ethical relationship where we can bring light to the darker spaces inside that house some of your deepest pains and heartbreak.
While helping you manage your symptoms in an immediate way will be a critical part of our work together, I also want to help you address the cause of your symptoms so that you can enjoy lasting change in your life.
Who I Work With
In my practice I offer therapy to individuals, couples, and adolescents. I also offer psychoanalysis to adults as well as other services (a support group for Long COVID patients, supervision, consultation, and education to mental health professionals).
I work with patients on a variety of life's difficulties, most commonly depression, anxiety, trauma, and couple’s work. I have helped patients with issues of executive functioning/attention deficit, addiction, caregiving to the chronically ill, divorce, eating disorders, grief, relationship distress, and self-esteem.
I work with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. With my theological training, I work with individuals of any faith tradition who might be struggling to integrate their spirituality into their lives. I also hold space for diverse multicultural experiences and individuals who identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
As I add years to my career, I feel increasingly humbled by the sacred nature of working closely with all persons from all walks of life. Across the board I continue to see, just as relationships have the power to hurt us, they also heal us.
In your presence I don’t want what I thought I wanted…
In a safe and respectful relationship, where we will set judgments aside, we will meet weekly or bi-weekly to explore your thoughts and feelings, relationships, life experiences, and any difficulties you are facing. We will do this in order to identify the origins of your pain and symptoms that may be resulting in depression, anxiety, addictive thoughts and behaviors, or a general feeling of lostness and malaise. Together we will aim to improve your ability to be honest with yourself, kinder and more understanding towards yourself, and realize who you really are and what you want out of your life.
Psychoanalysis is a longer-term and more in-depth experience with an aim to uncover fears, longings, behaviors and fantasies that have been difficult to face by yourself. We’ll meet frequently, 3-5x per week, and work together to form an in depth understanding of who you are and where you have been. By creating a relational space where the freedom to explore anything that comes to your mind is our foundation, we’ll seek to name parts of your experience that need healing. Through our relationship, our goal will be to help you come to bear what has previously felt unbearable, discover the healing offered through intimacy and vulnerability, and feel more capable of having the kind of relationships you long for.
An honorable human relationship—that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love”—is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.... It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.
In addition to psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and couple's therapy, I also offer group therapy. What I find unique about group therapy is how quickly people feel safe and take in feedback from their group members. Currently I am offering a support group to persons living with Long Covid. The best way to inquire about participating in this group is to contact me directly.
Besides offering direct mental health services, I also offer consultation and supervision to mental health clinicians individually and in group formats. If you are a clinician who is interested in working together about a specific case, I encourage you to reach out so we can determine if working together will be beneficial.
As an educator I teach an annual seminar at Wright Institute Los Angeles called "Relational Psychoanalysis: The Poetry of Psychoanalysis." I am also on faculty at New Center for Psychoanalysis where I have co-taught Relational Psychoanalysis II. For nearly 10 years I was the Clinical Director at Rose City Center in Pasadena where I taught and supervised predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows. As an educator, I am interested in relational psychoanalysis, supervision, and poetry, among other topics.
To read more about my education and professional involvement, click here.