I believe that emotional suffering often stems from our most well-intentioned efforts to feel better and to fix our problems. Our natural instinct to mute the pain of being human can interfere with healing and lead us into a repetitive cycle of alternating resistance and despair. I work from a contemporary relational psychodynamic framework that allows me to use the immediacy of the therapeutic session as an engine for healing and change. I strive to build safe and trusting relationships with my patients and cultivate a wiser attitude towards emotional experience that can open up new possibilities of relating to oneself and others. Through receptive listening to the pain my patients bring into the room, I foster a new kind of curiosity. This allows my patients to get in touch with parts of the self that often feel most challenging to hold on one’s own, yet also carry within them the most relatable and creative and playful aspects of self.
In my work with adolescents, adults and couples, we together build a space that is warm and welcoming to all aspects of experience. In this context, I can help you reflect on the habituated, patterned ways of relating, thinking and feeling that can be constraining. I strive to help you develop a sense of emotional freedom and discover new ways of being that are uniquely and comfortably yours. I have worked with a diverse set of individuals and couples. My specialized expertise is in the areas of depression and anxiety, as well as adjustment difficulties to childhood and adult-onset trauma.
I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. I have my Master of Arts and a Master of Education degrees from Columbia University, Teacher’s College in Counseling Psychology. I am committed to ongoing learning and growing as a clinician, and as such, am currently pursuing postdoctoral training in group therapy at Derner.
I look forward to the opportunity to work together.
SelfWorks joins The Mindfulness Movement! The documentary features our founding psychologist and meditator, Amy Vigliotti. Coming to NYC March 26!