I work collaboratively with you to meet your personal goals, and to match the needs and issues you bring with the best approach. This often means integrating psychodynamic / insight , emotion-focused , and more skills-based cognitive-behavioral approaches.
Individual Stress and Anxiety Counseling
I specialize in stress management as well as depression, other types of emotional distress, and physical problems that often accompany stress (I was a supervisor in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Cambridge Health Alliance/ Harvard Medical School for twenty years).
In working with stress ,anxiety, or panic , I often start with a focused, skills-based cognitive-behavioral approach that employs specific techniques and protocols that are empirically-validated. This is likely to involve learning relaxation techniques and stress management strategies, cognitive therapy to alter negative thinking and develop self-compassion, and specific behavior change. We may also work to achieve insight and an emotion-focused working through the root of the problem. The work often involves helping you to find the right balance of change and acceptance–changing what you can change, and accepting what you cannot.
Individual Relationship Therapy
I also specialize in helping individuals with their relationships. Based on years of experience helping couples improve their relationship skills, we may work individually so you can bring these skills, and your best self, to your relationship (change-oriented therapy). This often involves self-compassion and insight to help you to change longstanding behaviors or patterns. At other times, I may help you to achieve greater clarity and confidence about a decision whether to commit to or to leave a relationship.
People often tell me that they appreciate my active, warm and nonjudgmental style, which offers practical suggestions and helps them explore and improve their lives.