I grew up in the Midwest and since have lived in many different cities and countries. I believe that my strong upbringing and exposure to the world makes me a better therapist. I attended Loyola University of Chicago and studied English Literature, receiving my B.A. in 1989. After I attended Boston University, receiving a M.Ed. in Counseling in 1993. Currently, I am enrolled as a candidate in the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where I am training for a Psy.D. in analysis. I am constantly consulting, studying and immersed in psychology and bring this passion into my work with people.
My approach to psychotherapy combines psycho-dynamic principles with strong humanistic and relational aspects and sessions are tailored to fit the needs and goals of each individual.
The goal of psychotherapy is to gain a greater sense of happiness, have more satisfying relationships, and live more closely to our full potential. By examining our feelings, behaviors and thoughts, therapy can help us find new ways of coping with distressing emotions and decreasing inner and interpersonal conflicts. Sometimes, therapy can be experienced as emotionally uncomfortable and beginning therapy takes courage and strength. It is not easy to examine yourself, become aware of your behaviors and try to make changes. Therapy can provide the safety and support needed to make lasting change. Research shows that more people are helped by this process when they are matched with the right therapist.