My Ph.D. is in clinical psychology from Columbia University, I have a Psychoanalytic Certificate from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy where I am Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Consultant and was formerly co-chair of the Interpersonal Track and a founding member of the Trauma Studies Program. I have been active in professional organizations and am a past-president of Psychologist Psychoanalyst Clinicians, a section of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. I have a Diplomate in psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Certificate in Professional Qualification from ASPBP.
Cutting edge science is actually quite clear about the necessary condition for the success of any therapeutic technique or intervention – namely a trusting and genuine relationship. Only with a relationship can anything else work. I regard it as my job to provide the interpersonal context to assess and understand the problem. No two people or situations are exactly alike nor does what helps one necessarily help another. I believe in being flexible and using every tool available but I also believe that listening carefully in a non-judgmental atmosphere can work wonders and that thoughtful questions can lead people to answers I might never have thought of.
I learned to appreciate the complexity of human psychology and understand the person first as an individual and then as part of larger systems, couples, families, groups and organizations. As a clinical psychologist I work from a conviction that people are always doing their best to adapt and that problems in living which can appear as problems in and with relationships, difficulties at school or work, or all sorts of symptoms-depression, anxiety, obsessions to name a few- come from strategies that go awry. My job, whether working with an adolescent, an adult, a couple or an organization is put together everything I have learned in my years of practice to work holistically with people, to facilitate growth and to find better solutions.
There are many misconceptions about psychoanalysis based on stereotypes from the distant past. Not only has psychoanalysis itself been transformed by new scientific knowledge from neuroscience and developmental psychology but it has informed and been integrated into other treatment modalities including the ones which contrast themselves to it. I think of psychoanalysis as a way of listening carefully and working collaboratively. It is open minded, non-judgmental and supportive. It is a process that is good as its participants. Because the term is so widely misunderstood, a good way to think of it is as "talk therapy" that may include a wide range of techniques as needed.
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