I have always been fascinated with people, what makes them tick and what influences their thoughts, feelings and behavior. I embarked on my first foray into the human mind and spirit through the study and practice of visual art. As a sculpture student, I explored my own thoughts and feelings and listened as my peers and I openly critiqued each other’s work and discussed our responses to the artists we studied. I had to learn how to take in some real, honest responses to what people thought about my creations. There, I experienced the difference between responses that move you forward and help you create and responses that tear you down.
After college, I moved to New York City and began serving people food to support my art. That’s when I started working with emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled children. In addition to my understanding of what it is like to compensate for dyslexia, I learned to hold my ground or keep my cool when chaos erupted around me so that I could calm the children’s distress or anger. I could see first-hand the difficulties many parents had comprehending and coping with their children’s behavior and worked to bridge those gaps in communication and understanding. I experienced the anger, jealousy, fear and rage that would well up from the children and discovered how to help them tolerate their emotions. Together, the children, parents and I learned to thrive with hard work and humor.
Working on a team with a psychologist, social worker and teachers and one-to-one with parents and students taught me how to work collaboratively in the face of differing opinions and thoughts, which has been invaluable in my work as a therapist. Through my involvement in these groups, I discovered my perceptions were helpful to others. I loved the process and the idea that my thoughts were helpful. I enjoyed thinking about others and using my intuition and wanted to do it more. That’s how I decided to pursue social work and later, psychoanalysis.
For several years I worked in hospital affiliated community clinics treating adults, couples and adolescents as a licensed master social worker. In 2007, I was licensed as a clinical social worker and created a private practice. My commitment and dedication to a life-long education led me to a rigorous psychoanalytic training program. For the past six years, I have been training with The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) and gaining a solid base of knowledge and practice of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy.
I enjoy using my perception and intuition, combined with my knowledge and experience, to attend to your particular thoughts, feelings and memories. Together, we can enter the core of your issues with compassion and empathy. I will work with you as an individual and learn what you need now. My experience as an artist and teacher has given me the courage and persistence to accept difficult thoughts and feelings, and I can help you do the same.
In my personal life, I have a voracious thirst for learning, art and nature. I continue to create sculpture and functional ceramic ware and am involved in the art community.
I can help you to find the place inside yourself that feels real to you. Your real home is inside of you and once you are connected to yourself, you are free to make your own decisions and choices. Do not hesitate to reach out if you would like some help.
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