Areas of Expertise
My diverse therapy clients include adolescents, adults, and elders. I enjoy doing clinical work with individuals and couples from many ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. I help people discover new directions for themselves, in their circumstances, and within their relationships. They then grow to trust that an inner compass could offer them further guidance.
I am fully trained in trauma treatment with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and also in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Debriefing as a form of crisis intervention with groups, congregations, and communities. I can assist individuals in healing their traumatic pasts and managing their anxiety in the present.
My holistic approach honors the mind-body connection, and I myself have been certified as a yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Teacher Alliance. I can teach clients "resource tapping" and meditative techniques for self-soothing, improved mood, and enhanced performance. On occasion, I do provide personal coaching.
Additionally, I have extensive experience working with people in a range of Twelve-Step recovery programs, including those intended to support the families and friends of alcoholics and addicts. I also use Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help those still struggling to manage active addictions, compulsive behaviors, and difficult lifestyle changes.
Because individual temperament and attachment styles are so central to our evolving sense of self and to our spiritual lives, I address those, often explicitly, in the therapeutic endeavor. Personality types and Jungian concepts can help us connect to the notion of soul on a very profound level; in doing so, they challenge our sometimes depressing assumptions about ourselves. We start to feel freer; we become encouraged to develop a better self-image and to gain a fuller understanding of both our vocational choices and our relationship dynamics.
As a couples counselor, I rely primarily on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), confident in the extensive research demonstrating its success, although I do borrow extensively from the Gottman Method, as well. I am also certified to offer marriage enrichment and premarital counseling through PREPARE/ENRICH programming. In New York City, I am authorized to perform marriages as a legal officiant. All my couples work has a strong educational component to it. Interfaith couples are a particular focus of mine.
For years, I have counseled clergypersons and religious professionals from several different faith traditions. I have experience providing spiritual companioning, as well. A former client once characterized my role as "the voice of what is real." It is vitally important for people to be able to name their experiences; it allows them to honor their own truth. While I am especially sensitive to psychospiritual issues, I am respectful of whatever principles people use to organize their lives, be they aspirations, aesthetics, beliefs, or values.
Ultimately, I trust the transpersonal approach to transformation. I have studied logotherapy extensively and draw insight from a variety of wisdom traditions and spiritual disciplines, as well as from the latest findings in positive psychology, trauma studies, and neuroscience. My work is informed by choice theory and narrative practice alike. Clients' signature strengths and unique ways of knowing are readily enlisted when we find those approaches most authentic to them.