Effective psychotherapy resembles friendship in the most generative and robust sense of the term. In the context of an increasingly trustworthy connection, I will accompany you into your inner world, where we might encounter together, with increasing complexity, the givens of your unique existence. Companioning you with presence and offerings of perspective, I will bring persistence, patience, and playfulness to our meetings. As your capacity for curiosity and self-compassion organically expand through this dialogue, you'll come to know-and-love yourself and others with an increasing harmony of calmness, clarity, and courage.
Often we feel that happiness is just out of reach. We need to perfect something, someone, or ourselves to become happy. In a safe and confidential therapeutic setting, you can examine the problems which challenge you. Core beliefs about yourself and your relationships can change. As an experienced psychologist I help clients to act mindfully rather than react to life with self-blame, anger, or sadness. Learning how to find calm within yourself can take the place of the constant quest for external perfection.
In times of crisis, parenting can be especially challenging. My goal is to help you gain skills and confidence in your ability to support your children's resilience while attending to your own self-care. I provide expert, practical, sensitive help so you don't have to go it alone.
Are you a diamond in the rough? I provide social psychologically informed therapy that looks concentratedly at each client's various emotions in context, how and why emotions arise in relationships and what they have to tell us. I help clients look at their complex feelings related to self, break ups, loss of connection, and unresolved grief or anger, and their positive feelings. I try to help clients persist at these times to discover unrealized strengths, better connections. I work with a sense of humor, realism and practicality. I hope my clients can feel secure and increasingly present, and make smarter, more conscious choices.
I am passionate about helping my clients create positive change in their lives. In my career, I have helped women from all walks of life who struggle with depression, anxiety, symptoms related to traumatic experiences, self-esteem issues and biologically based mental illness. Even though their stories and lived experiences varied, each sought support because they wanted to feel better, decrease their sense of isolation and increase positive coping skills. I love to help women discover their inner strengths, increase their feelings of personal safety, deepen their sense of agency and reclaim ownership of their lives.
I am passionate about helping working families, young adults, and women learn how to manage the stresses of daily life. Whether it's ongoing depression, anxiety, parenting struggles, health issues, job-related stress, school issues, addiction, or difficult behaviors in children and adolescents; I believe you can overcome these challenges and live a full and rewarding life. I approach your problems with curiosity and kindness as I believe you are the expert on your own experience. I will work with you to help guide you, learn new tools, and make positive choices that fit for you, your family, and your life.
I believe that the quality of the client-therapist relationship is central to meaningful change and growth in therapy. Working together, we will create a respectful, collaborative, and thoughtful space to address what troubles you. People come to me around many issues, including depression and sadness, anxiety, interpersonal conflict and disappointment, life transitions, sexual and gender identity, grief and loss, and trauma. I work primarily from a psychodynamic (insight-oriented) perspective but draw from skills-based models depending on individual needs or preferences.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrative and individualized, rooted in psychodynamic and relational approaches, while drawing on other modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. I identify as an ally to the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities and value working across the spectrums of gender, race, sexuality, and class. I work with adults of all ages and provide individual, couples, and group therapy. My style has been described as warm, empathic, and attuned.
Asking for help can be very difficult. With over 20 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults I appreciate how difficult life can be. I believe in collaboration, working together to help you understand difficulties in depth and find long-lasting relief. People describe me as honest, warm, easy to talk to, and respectful.
I am a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts practicing intensive, exploratory psychotherapy. I work with clients who recognize their emotional difficulties in living as related to intimate personal issues that they are unable usefully to understand and thus resolve. Psychoanalytically trained at New York University and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, I continue since having lived and practiced in New York City, to teach, supervise, and practice this type of work in the Harvard Square area of Cambridge.
I understand the importance of developing resilience-to-change in order to effectively cope with major life transitions (marriage, birth of a child, loss of a loved one, divorce, retirement, new job). Without such resilience, life can feel overwhelming, self esteem becomes precarious, and mood can dip dramatically. Through my warm, direct, highly international approach, I collaborate with my clients to address the behaviors that continue to cause pain. My books, teaching and supervision have provided training for 100s of other clinicians to help their clients to feel more empowered in relationship and to fulfill their potential
Therapy should be tailored to address the specific needs of each client. Having trained in a variety of practices and methods, I work together with my clients, to determine which approach works best for them to address their ADHD, anxiety, depression or relationship challenges. I work with adults & couples of all ages, including college-aged and older adults. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, major life transitions (e.g., career, college), relational /familial concerns and trauma /PTSD. I also have specialized training in working with Couples, and individuals struggling with anger management issues.
I enjoy working creatively with clients. Whether you suffer from anxiety, problems with a loved one or you can't make a decision, I have experience in problem-solving using your strengths. I work with families, teens, and adults who are stressed and totally 'stuck.' I've lived and raised my children in Cambridge, MA and Cuba, and love the diversity of working with inter-racial and trans-national families. I also worked in Tchad. I work with college-bound adults who are balancing social needs with a heavy workload. Is therapy work? Definitely. Is there support available? Yes. In Spanish we say- vale la peña -it is worth it.
I am a clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge. I see individuals who are struggling with a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, trauma, and life transitions. I work in a way that is collaborative, helping people to cope with immediate stressors in their lives and to change patterns of thinking and behavior that keep them stuck. These patterns may reflect adaptations to past experiences and may require exploring thoughts or feelings that have not yet been articulated. Together, we can gain insight into some of these dynamics so that you can begin to make important changes.
Have you been thinking about making life changes that reflect your values and goals? The client centered psychotherapy I provide is focused on assisting you reach your goals while examining the road blocks that have prevented you. We will identify unhealthy patterns and work on positive changes. Specialties are PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, relationship conflict, addiction, pain, maternal and life transition issues. I have training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Motivational Interviewing. I will be an active participant in your journey and will be honored to partner with you.
Now accepting in-person clients. If you are depressed, anxious, or stressed by a transition, relationship, or problem, therapy can be an important way to get help. Therapy can help anyone who feels stuck--in a symptom, in a relationship, in a job, in a profession, in a set of feelings, in patterns of action and reaction, in any situation of recurring psychological pain.
I have a special affinity for work with adolescents and young adults. I am well attuned to the psychological challenges attendant to the complex transitions in our culture from high school to college and from college to young adult life. I have in-depth experience with this age group, with their confusion and explorations of sexual experience, as well as the long dark corridors of eating disorders and addictions. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Having seen it all, and found ways to help a wide variety of individuals, I am well positioned to offer hope.
I believe that everyone deserves to feel fully engaged and present in life. I recognize that difficult emotions or life circumstances can get in the way of this experience and deeply believe in the power of connection to heal. My approach is direct and honest while offering a warm, non-judgmental space for my clients. I am compassionate towards the many ways someone may try to find safety and control in a world or situation that feels dangerous.
What is it like to be you? My approach lies in creating a meaningful and authentic relationship with my client where there is security and openness to fully explore areas of difficulty, pain, joy, and growth. Together, we can address concerns surrounding anxiety and mood, coping strategies, identity and self-worth, disconnection, and transition/loss that may be impacting wellbeing. I aim to help others cultivate a greater understanding of and compassion for themselves, increase the ability to make choices and try new ways of being, and make changes that reflect core values and aspirations.
My approach to psychotherapy is relational, client-centered and designed to meet the unique needs of each client. My work is heavily influenced by psychodynamic approaches and focuses on strengthening one's core sense of self to help shift responses to external stressors. I draw from the latest research in neuroscience and coping strategies to assist clients in using their innate capacity for self-regulation. When helpful, I integrate mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce symptoms and make way for deeper and longer-lasting effects of therapy. My therapeutic approach is culturally sensitive and trauma-informed.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in West Cambridge, Cambridge are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in West Cambridge, Cambridge then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in West Cambridge, Cambridge specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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