How I Can Help
People often seek help when feelings or life situations have become hard to manage. During difficult times, even the first step of calling to make an appointment to speak with a therapist can help you feel more in control. Talking helps!
I can help you understand and heal feelings of depression, anxiety, and loss. I can help with relationship issues, whatever your sexual orientation. Life stage issues may have arisen for you around changes in job, school, marriage, children, aging parents, or living situation. You may be irritable and not understand why, or have trouble sleeping. You may be struggling with chemical dependency or be experiencing a sense of loss of meaning. All these challenges, and more, are fertile ground for your spiritual and emotional growth. Growth starts where you are!
I look forward to hearing from you, and to speaking with you about your needs and how I might help you with them. And please scroll down for FAQs and helpful links.
My services include:
*Individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults
*Marriage counseling and family therapy
In the early days of psychoanalysis, analysis was five times a week on the couch and clients said whatever came into their mind to an often silent analyst. Much has changed since then: therapy is more interactive, more exploratory, less explanatory. But there is still space for the couch. The relationship between the client and the therapist does not go away on the couch--instead, it can open up and deepen. At some point in some therapies, this allows the first steps forward on a path that might otherwise have been missed. The days of five-times-a-week are gone, but twice or thrice a week in the open space that relaxing on the couch provides can both support and accelerate your progress toward your goals. Please contact me at 914-473-2981 if this is something you are interested in exploring!
*Work with trauma and addiction issues
*I am also happy to provide a speaker for your school, synagogue, church, or other organization in New York City and Westchester.
There are few warmer or more welcoming psychotherapy spaces in New York City. Please call to set up an appointment for a consultation, and join me in the adventure of discovery of the self in relationship.
"Your work has been a ministry to me." A client, 2006.
* What should I look for in a therapist? You may find some of the principles highlighted on the following site to be useful: www.GoodTherapy.org/what -is-good-therapy.html. A good fit is important, and I invite you to schedule a consultation (914-473-2981) to see if therapy with me is right for you.
* I've been thinking about group therapy . . . Group therapy is a great way to learn about yourself and can help you with a wide range of issues. More information on group therapy is available at www.agpa.org/group/consumersguide2000.html and at www. egps.org.
* Is there a scientific basis to the connection of psychology to spirituality? Research is indicating that there is. You might begin your search for an answer at www.psychologicalscience.org/onlyhuman/2008/06/neurons-of-recovery.cfm.
*How can a spiritual practice help in recovery from addiction? Meditation is a tool for profound change, and can be used by anyone, anywhere. It can be thought of as a simple side-step from the stream of everyday life--just a tiny sidestep, giving you a vantage point that over time becomes a place of deep grounding. And of course, 12-step programs are built on the simple but profound act of turning your life over to a higher power.
*Further information: I am a member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling; you can find more information on their website at www.qpcc.us/7128/25416.html. The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology is another meeting place of spirituality and psychology; information on this organization and its Jungian orientation can be found at http://fcrp.quaker.org/. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors has an informative website at www.aapc.org.
* How does Jungian analysis relate to pastoral counseling? Jungian analysis is friendly to the movement of the spirit in the psyche. Many people with spiritual sensibilities find Jungian analysis to be a natural fit. In the eclectic training I received, Jungian as well as modern Freudian theories were studied. Of the many websites related to Jung, you may find www.cgjungpage.org a convenient place to start your search for further information. And just for fun, you may enjoy hearing Jung speak about whether or not he believes in God at www.thezodiac.com/jungsound.htm.
*What is the relationship between psychoanalysis and the soul? Psychoanalysis has been called the last refuge of the soul in a secular society. Psychoanalysis encourages a deep conversation with the self --and the other--and in the experience of the practitioners, opens space to hear the voice of the ultimate Other. For information on how psychoanalysis has helped others please visit www.naap.org/website//index.php?/option=com_content&task=view&id=113&itemid=114. In this same spirit, I offer therapy to those searching for deeper connection to themselves and to others.
*Where can I go to find out more about the conversation between spirituality and psychology? There are many places. William James's book Varieties of Religious Experience is a foundational classic in the field. More recent books include Psychology & Religion: Eight Points of View by Andrew R. Fuller and, for those interested in Buddhism, Into the Mountain Stream: Psychotherapy and the Buddhist Experience, edited by Paul C. Cooper. Books by Gerald May, many available from the Shalem Institute (http://store.shalem.org/index.php?cPath=22), are also great places to start.
*What's fun on the Web? For those interested in AA and other twelve-step programs, check out www.steppingstones.org; the home of Bill W. and Lois, his wife, is an easy day trip from New York City. If you're depressed, check out this HBO film: www.hbo.com/documentaries/my-depression-the-up-and-down-and-up-of-it. It can help! And there are some great apps: try www.meetcarrot.com if you have a sense of humor and an i-phone and want to harness your demons to help motivate you.