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.

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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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Shame and guilt
  • Self-esteem
  • Body image and mind-body pain
  • Life transitions
  • Family dynamics
  • Couples & relationship difficulties
  • Dissatisfaction with work
  • Feeling “stuck” in life

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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
  • Transitioning
  • Gender identity
  • HIV-related concerns
  • Polyamory
  • 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.