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What kind of people do you work with?

I see adults ages 21 and up. I’m especially interested in working with people with difficult family dynamics, people concerned with meaning and spirituality, people who have experienced emotional and spiritual abuse, and people working through issues of gender and sexuality. I also offer couples therapy.

What kind of therapy do you practice?

My basic approach is psychodynamic. This means, among other things, that I pay close attention to the dynamic between myself and the patient, as well as the dynamics operating inside the patient: their desires, defenses, values, fears, and wounds.

With some patients I also implement a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, focusing on examining thoughts and beliefs that may be causing distress in their day-to-day life, especially in their interactions with people who are important to them. I also draw from Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which provides a good set of tools for dealing with powerful, painful emotions on a day-to-day basis.

With some patients I use a more free-form approach, looking at broad patterns in their life history and their present-day experience so that we can learn together where these patterns come from, what purpose they serve, and to what extent they are useful.

What’s your background?

My MSW is from Boston College, where I received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), and psychodynamic therapy. As part of my graduate training, I also worked at the Department of Mental Health offering Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

I have completed a two-year training fellowship at the Psychotherapy Institute of Back Bay (PIBB).

I have also completed a two-year training fellowship with the Psychodynamic Couples and Family Institute of New England (PCFINE).

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, cannabis-assisted psychotherapy, and Psychedelic Integration

I am currently pursuing training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). I also have an ongoing interest in cannabis-assisted psychotherapy. I would be happy to discuss the possibility of working in one of these modalities with you. When working with patients in altered states, I often use elements of ceremony, ritual, somatic mindfulness, and guided-imagery techniques to facilitate healing work. I am also available for integration sessions: that is, to help a patient process experiences they have had while in altered states, and to help them incorporate these experiences into the way they approach their daily lives.

How can I get in touch with you?

I would be happy to offer you a free phone consultation, so that both you and I can figure out whether we’ll be a good match. If you’re interested, please contact me via my Psychology Today profile.