"I'm here for you". These four words are the most important words in my life. They are also the most important words that guide my work with you that are foundational in the psychoanalytical theories of Object Relations. Our core work will center on deeply listening to your thoughts, feelings and internal world in the matrix of the therapeutic relationship.
The relationship represents the essence of being human, that we are both an independent being and an interdependent being. In other words, we need each other, to survive and thrive. John Bowlby (1907-1990), in A Secure Base, suggests that the need for connection with other human beings is an innate not a learned behavior. In other words, it is natural.
We are biologically hard-wired for connection. We are learning more in the latter half the 1990s with the work of Daniel Siegal, MD and Alan Shore, PhD that not only does attachment help us feel safe psychologically, it has countless physical benefits. Hence the term, the science of attachment. Thus, it is our relationship that is the most important part of our working together. I provide you the safety and support to explore the challenges you are going through right now.
Scientific research continues to demonstrate the importance of human attachment as an individual and as a society at large. In that spirit, I offer you an interactive, relational approach to working together. A coming home to Self occurs and when it does, we move with ease and joy in our lives. This to me is the true purpose of healing.
My path to this important work came through the healing arts and my life-long meditative/contemplative study and practice of Vedanta and Vipassana. It wasn't until I arrived at the doorstep of the Soto Zen tradition I felt I had found my home. Under the direction and inspiration of Roshi Paul Genki Kahn of Zen Garland (formerly High Mountain Crystal Lake Zen Center), I became inspired to have a direct experience of what is. I no longer was satisfied about reading about it, I wanted a direct experience of it. And thus my practice of zazen (sitting for the sake of sitting) began.
With that background in observing and understanding the nature of the mind, it led me to the study, training and practice of psychoanalysis. In my work with you, I draw on my training from The Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New York. My thinking is based on the foundational work of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott, John Bowlby, James Masterson, Margaret Mahler and other British, French and American Object Relations theorists.
I have extensive experience in various settings including my private practice, Princeton House Behavioral Health and Gen Psych, PC treating mental health and substance use disorders. I work with adults (18+) and will collaborate with you to gain both insight and coping skills.
I hold a Masters (M.A.) and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Counseling from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. I also hold a Master Degree (M.A.) in International Relations/African Area Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A) in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA.
I have professional memberships in the American Psychoanalytical Association (APSAA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
My office is conveniently located in Hoboken, NJ (three blocks from the Hoboken PATH station). There is ample paid parking across the street, handicapped accessibility and local bus service.
Licensed in New York, New Jersey and a National Certified Counselor. I participate in ongoing advanced clinical training, consultation, collaboration and mentorship to beginning and experienced therapists.
In addition to my practice of psychotherapy, I am a lifelong pursuer of the creative process in my work as a poet. My hobbies include international travel, listening to music (blues, jazz, and rock), ongoing French language studies and supporting other artists in their creative process.