My approach is warm, collaborative, relaxed, and conversational. I don't lecture you and I don't "teach" you. We work together. I create a safe environment where you'll feel validated. You'll be productively challenged to face the struggles that brought you into therapy. Weekly individual appointments are 45 minutes in length and take place online via a telehealth platform. This means you get to choose any comfortable space for your therapy sessions. The only strict rule is that telehealth clients must be in the state of New York during sessions due to state licensing guidelines. Appointments are scheduled on a weekly basis.
Therapy for Your Teen
(ages 14 through 20s and college students)
You're not a bad parent. Adolescence is hard - and I'd be happy to help the young person you love. I have extensive clinical experience with young adult clients, both high school and college students. I'm skilled in helping young people navigate this difficult, but ultimately transformative, life stage. I have a proven record with adolescents as a school-based therapist serving 5 New York City high schools and I specialized in working with teenagers at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center before going into private practice.
If you're the parent of a teenager (ages 14 through college students) and believe the young person you love could benefit from therapeutic support, please reach out for a consultation.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a specialized form of trauma treatment. A body-based modality, EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to help you reprocess traumatic memories. EMDR easily lends itself to online therapy. Please reach out for a consultation so we can assess whether you are a good candidate for EMDR treatment.
Why are relationships so hard?
Yes. If this is your question, you’re in the right place. We all crave connection because it’s a basic human need. Yes - like food, clothing, and shelter. Our brains and our nervous systems are wired for connection. Your desire for closeness isn’t just frivolous fun. It’s actually crucial to the human species - an ancient part of your brain circuitry, inherited from generations and generations before you.
For years, therapists had difficulty understanding relationships. Their nature seemed mysterious and elusive. That was until the advent of attachment theory. Attachment theory was pioneered by British psychologist John Bowlby (1907-1990) and has been enriched by the scholarship of countless other psychologists, scientists, and researchers. The theory gives us the first comprehensive, robust understanding of human relationships and shows us how to build the most important aspects of secure bonds. Using attachment theory, we see clear, definable patterns that make relationships either secure or insecure. This knowledge is a revolution for mental health.
Relationships may be complicated, yes - but they are no longer incomprehensible or unexplainable. So breathe a sigh of relief - because we get it now.
You may be wondering why you’re not familiar with attachment theory yet. Here’s the thing: we live in a toxic culture that promotes individualism at all costs. Our cultural norms deny our interconnectedness - unfortunately, at great expense to all of us. As it's vital for mental health and truly at the core of the human experience, I’m continually shocked by the general lack of public access to information about attachment. But, here we are. In an individualistic society, sadly, this stuff gets pushed to the side.
Here's the thing, though - let’s change that in our therapy together. We’re going to value your relationships because we both know how important they are.
Using attachment theory as our base, we’ll gain a better understanding of your relational patterns. You’ll start to see what needs to change so you can form secure connections with others. If you want more information, I also have some attachment-related book recommendations that’ll really jump-start your process. We’re going to use the science of attachment and the process of our therapy to help you feel more comfortable, confident, and secure in your relationships.