I am a licensed clinical psychologist and a NYS Credentialed Substance Use Counselor. I have a private psychotherapy practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where I see adults of all ages in a comfortable, private and safe setting. Whether you come for help with substance use, relationship difficulties, family problems, work or career issues, because of trauma recent or in the past, or due to general dissatisfaction, unhappiness or anxiety, I will offer support, a listening ear and active feedback. My philosophy is that you know best what troubles you and what you want, so the goals we set will be decided by you with my help and support.
I am psychoanalytically trained and I think dynamically, but my work is eclectic and very personal. I will not hesitate to suggest and coach you on behavioral changes while at the same time engaging with you in exploring your beliefs, reactions and motivations in order to help you understand yourself better and thereby enhance your options in living. It is my deep belief that the more we see of ourselves and our motivations, the greater will be our power to take control and make choices about things that previously seemed inevitable.
If you are coming for help with substance misuse, I will work with you to figure out what, if anything, is harmful about the way you are using and help you to reduce that harm. Some people come to therapy knowing they want or need to get abstinent and I can help with that. Other people need some time to figure out what goal would be right for them to reduce harm and improve life. We will work together until that becomes clear and I will then help you to attain your goals, whether they be moderate use, use of some substances but not others, or total sobriety. No attempt to reduce harm is considered a failure; all of our work will be steps along the way of progress and I will work with you and support you until you feel safe and satisfied with the goals you have attained. This is also the approach I take to all therapy regardless of the issue presented.