Please visit my website at www.helpforpassion.com for more information. I am committed to guiding my clients to be strong people, with a deep capacity for love, passion and intimacy. I specialize in helping those in relationships and marriages develop a greater ability to love and be loved. Helping people improve and repair their love relationships is what I do. Another specialty of mine is sexuality and sexual problems, both individually and within relationships. The freedom to express passion through intimacy is one key to maintaining a satisfying love relationship. Healthy sexuality is also vital for adult health and positive self-esteem.
As a Boston-area psychologist for over 15 years, my services focus on work with children, teens, parents, families and adults with whom I create solutions for a range of concerns. I have clinical experience from various settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities and therapeutic schools). For over a decade, I served as the Clinical Director of the Manville School at Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston - a Harvard-affiliated therapeutic school program for children/teens with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. I also recently served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) in Boston.
I work with people who have a variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, trauma histories, and schizophrenia, as well as with people who have substance abuse issues. These issues could be situational in nature, or they could be chronic conditions that have been troubling for some time.
I strive to create a warm, supportive atmosphere for my clients who are looking for guidance as they navigate through difficult experiences in their lives. My treatment approach is eclectic and flexible depending upon the varied experiences and goals that clients bring to each session. A clinical focus of my work includes support of individuals and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, and life transitions, as well as those pursuing varied family building pathways, perinatal mood disorders and pregnancy/neonatal loss, and women's health issues.
I believe in the human ability to heal, to change, to transfer her/himself. My job is to facilitate that transformation; and to allow the client to become the version of themselves they want to be. By providing a judgment free zone and space to heal, I teach clients skills such as emotional freedom therapy (EFT), mindfulness, acceptance, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and help them into the path to restore autonomy, ability, values and hope.
Life is hard when there is too much unhappiness, worry, anger or frustration. I have been psychotherapist since 1994 and have a deep respect for the process of growth and change that individuals and families can accomplish. I treat children, adolescents and adults who are stuck in patterns that keep them from feeling happy, peaceful and healthy.
I can help individuals of any age cope with life crises. I also enjoy working with couples and families to help them communicate more effectively with one another. In addition, I work with children and their parents to help them manage problems at home and at school. People feel comfortable talking to me because I care, I listen and I understand.
Our thoughts, feelings and behaviors create our experiences. As a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience, I feel that therapy is a process of creating change in those repetitive and maladaptive patterns leading to a better, more satisfying life. Therapy allows a person to explore and develop skills to effectively cope with personal and growth's transitions and challenges. I work with each individual on finding the right balance of mind, body, spirit connection that gives a person the ability to better assess for personal goals and plan for a more satisfying future.
Entering summer, I am anticipating having a limited amount of openings weekday mornings and early afternoons. My approach to counseling is drawn from many different disciplines. I use empathic and deep listening to HEAR my clients. Of most importance to me is working with the client to achieve their goals within our counseling sessions- goals that we set together as we begin our work. I strive to meet the client "where they are" and move them forward to heal, change and grow in positive ways.
Are you looking for an easy to talk to Therapist? Do you want to feel comfortable talking about the things that are bothering you? I have over 20 years experience helping people work through changes and challenges in life. At this time I am providing Tele/Video Sessions only. I accept Blue Cross of Massachusetts, Medicare, Optum Behavioral Health, Allways, Beacon and Private Pay.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MFA, MA, MSW, LCSW
If you are experiencing difficulties with barriers and obstacles impacted by past trauma, memories, and sustained traumatic affect, and are motivated to enhance your life experience, we will work together to find the path which moves you forward. By using different methods to tune into what feels most organic to your process, we will work together to find the most effective way to reach sustainable emotional growth to increase self regulation and self reliance. I hold BA from Brown Univ., MFA from U. of Calif., Riverside in Experimental Choreography: traumatic memory, MA in Trauma & Violence Studies from NYU, and MSW Fordham Univ.
Is your child struggling, anxious, or depressed? Are you unhappy in your life, in your relationships, or in your work? Are you held back by sadness, anxiety, or lack of fulfillment? Are you unable to take action? I am experienced in working with people to overcome these problems in their or their children's lives. People who work with me greatly appreciate the improvement in their lives and the understanding they gain about their difficulties.
Motherhood matters. This practice is based upon the reality that a mother’s wellbeing cannot be understood or supported without respect for her “mom work.” Mom work is invisible work. So - mom worry, mom anxiety, mom blues, mom guilt, and most especially, mom anger, becomes a negative force rather than what it truly is: mom reality. Not a diagnosis, not “what’s wrong with me,” not an inability to do the work. Just mom reality. My life passion has been to help moms take this reality, the “mom job”, unsupported by respect, understanding or legitimacy, and transform it.
As a clinical psychologist in the Boston area, I work with adults and older adolescents going through transitions, people who would like to understand how their past affects them now, and people who are feeling stuck or overwhelmed. If you are struggling with relationships, marital/family or work difficulties, depression, pandemic-related stress, anxiety, acculturation, career choices, college adjustment, sexuality, grief, disordered eating or other life problems, we can work together to reduce distress and work on patterns that interfere with your life to make lasting change.
Therapy supports well-being when the relationship helps us tap into our strengths and resources. My commitment to you is to build this kind of relationship. Results include improved mood, relationships,increased energy,
motivation, self acceptance, and creativity. I practice a body-based therapy called Somatic Experiencing that is a gentle approach to healing PTSD and symptoms of trauma. These include anxiety, depression, physical symptoms, and difficulty staying grounded in the present. We may use methods informed by my experience and training in contemplative practices and expressive therapies along with psychodynamic and cognitive therapies.
As your therapist, I look forward to hearing about your needs, collaborating with you to define your goals, and starting you on a course toward achieving them. My specialties include anxiety, trauma / PTSD, depression, grief, adjustment, relationship issues, and sexual orientation and gender identity empowerment. I offer an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing upon psychodynamic methods, trauma-informed protocols, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a form of psychotherapy incorporating cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness tools.
Symptoms arise in the context of trying to adapt to something difficult in one's life. This may be an adaptation to a painful relationship, a work situation, or a physical limitation. Symptom relief comes with an initial understanding of the meaning of the problem, and then working with specific strategies to manage the problem differently. Our work will focus on who you are as a person and how your particular set of symptoms or issues have evolved for you in the context of your life as a whole.
Are you struggling, feeling overwhelmed by some of the many challenges that come with parenting? Under 'normal' circumstances, raising children is an awesome and complex undertaking. During these uncertain times, stress has been especially high. If anxiety and frustration are frequent occurrences in your family, you are not alone. I'm a firm believer that "It takes a village to raise a child." Everyone needs and deserves support. I am a social worker and a family therapist with over 20 years of experience. I'm available and interested in being a part of your support system.