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What kind of patients do you work with?

I see a variety of patients, but I’m especially interested in working with patients who have long-standing depression and/or self-esteem difficulties, patients concerned with meaning and spirituality, and patients working through issues of gender and sexuality. I see therapy both as a way to gain both short-term relief from suffering and as an opportunity for deep personal growth.

What kind of therapy do you practice?

My basic approach is psychodynamic — that is, I attend closely 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 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.

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 whether they need changing.

With all my patients, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is primary; in other words, meaningful progress depends on the patient and I being able to connect in a person-to-person way. I always encourage patients to let me know what is and isn’t working for them as we go.

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 an intern at the Department of Mental Health, I also practiced Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

I’m currently receiving additional training as a fellow at the Psychotherapy Institute of Back Bay (PIBB), and as a trainee at the Psychodynamic Couples and Family Institute of New England (PCFINE).

How can I get in touch with you?

If you would like to set up an initial consultation, so that both you and I can figure out whether we’ll be a good match, please contact the Psychotherapy Institute of Back Bay at (857) 209-8407 and mention that you’re interested in working with me.


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