I believe therapy should be a comfortable experience from the start. An enlightening conversation with a guide who respects who you are and where you are in your life today.
My goal is to create a non-judgemental environment with secure boundaries, ideally one in which your confidence in my ability to help you grows, as you do.
I've been a psychotherapist practicing in Santa Monica for over twenty years, helping adults, adolescents, and couples deal with the normal challenges of life, as well as more serious psychological issues such as fluctuations in mood, conflicts in relationships, and teen behavioral and self-esteem issues.
I've also developed a seminar for single women considering parenthood, and I provide an ongoing therapy and support group for divorced or divorcing women. My background as a child development specialist adds a particularly useful dimension to these groups, as well as to my work with patients who are parents.
Relationship therapy has also become a specialty of mine in recent years. Especially if you've shied away from couple counseling in the past, I think you'll find working with me in this process not only rewarding, but less stressful than you may imagine.
Overall, my approach is to combine in-depth therapy with cognitive-behavioral methods, to help you both see beneath the surface of your behaviors as well as find tools to guide you in everyday decision-making, even after your therapy is over.
I see psychotherapy as an opportunity not only to deal with uncomfortable symptoms or a crisis, but also as a way to discover how your mind works, explore how your personal history has informed who you are today, and create a connection between the world you carry inside yourself and the external world in which you live.
Ideally, psychotherapy isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor, but one that is responsive to your own unique needs. I think it's important that you not only feel understood, but develop an understanding of yourself in the context of your whole life, as the product of your experiences, relationships, successes, hopes, and disappointments until now.