About Me & My Practice
As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R), I’ve been practicing psychotherapy since 2002. In addition to my private practice, I have years of experience working in community clinics with individuals, couples, and groups.
As part of my commitment to lifelong education, I have completed several years of study in the rigorous psychoanalytic training program at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) and continue to advance toward certification. I am also certified in Imago Therapy, a profoundly helpful method for improving communication and connection between partners and family members. In addition, I contribute to the field by supervising other therapists and publishing articles — my writing has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, including Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and I have co-authored the LGBT chapter in the textbook Relational Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations.
I work well with a diverse spectrum of typical issues, including:
- Grief and loss
- Shame and guilt
- Body image and mind-body pain
- Life transitions
- Family dynamics
- Couples & relationship difficulties
- Dissatisfaction with work
- Feeling “stuck” in life
In addition, I have many years of experience in the LGBTQ communities and take pride in offering a non-judgmental, affirmative space to talk about queer identities and sexualities. In this area, I specialize in working positively with:
- Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals
- Transgender, genderqueer, & gender nonconforming clients
- Families, friends, and significant others
- Coming out issues
- Gender identity
- HIV-related concerns
- Kink & “alternative” lifestyles
As another specialty, I also take an understanding, non-judgmental approach to virtual realities, online lives, and other ways of using Internet sites and new media to connect with others and express oneself.
Finally, prior to my career as a clinician, I obtained a master’s degree in Creative Writing. I continue to write, both creatively as a novelist and professionally, and bring my experience as a writer to my therapy work with people in the arts. I have helped many artists, writers, and performers move through blocks in their creativity and careers.