Providing assessment and psychotherapy services in Westport and Milford, CT
WHO I AM I am a caring, empathetic psychologist who uses a blend of exploration of past experience combined with practical, concrete advice and techniques for how to best grapple with current issues. I use my intuitive understanding of people to help create a plan of action that is tailored to each individual.
I am interactive and give feedback and direction, but also know that the work is largely done by the client - much like working with a personal trainer. I help you define the problem, set goals, identify strengths, and work towards meaningful change. I believe in using a good dose of humor to help people grow and feel better about themselves.
HOW I WORK I am psychodynamically trained, and this approach emphasizes the role that past experience has on our current way of thinking and behaving. I believe that life has the value and meaning we give to it, and it is up to each individual to find that meaning. Sessions focus not only on understanding present circumstances but also linking them to past experiences. I have also been trained in many current cognitive behavioral techniques which emphasize identifying current unhelpful ways of thinking and acting, and correcting them through behavior modification and cognitive restructuring. I find that using a combination of both approaches is a powerful way to bring symptom relief and personal change.
WHAT RESONATES WITH ME I sometimes hear people say "it is what it is". And I often think to myself "no it's not, it's more than that". If problems were so straightforward and on the surface, you would likely have solved them by now.
I have always related to a quote from the song "Already Gone" by The Eagles:
"Well, I know it wasn't you who held me down Heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains And we never even know we have the key"
I believe that everyone has the key to their own dilemma. Let me help you find it.