992 Great Plain Avenue, Suite 22
Needham, MA 02492
I have practiced psychotherapy for over twenty-five years in clinics large and small, hospitals urban and rural, college counseling centers and my private office. I have treated adults, senior citizens, adolescents and university students from many lands. I have worked with established partners and couples who seek counseling prior to marriage to explore compatibility and commitment. I work with people who are gay and straight, and those who are struggling to establish their sexual identity. I also see many people who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise traumatizing environments.
Some of my patients feel clear about the immediate cause of their pain, but unsure about why they are reacting for so long and with such intensity. Others feel anxious and depressed, stuck in frustrating relationships or unfulfilling jobs for reasons they do not comprehend. Depending on the issues and an individual’s inclination, I provide either short-term, issue-focused therapy, or longer-term uncovering work.
I work with people at times of loss and transition: adolescents trying to protect their self-esteem while maintaining their individuality and relationships with both their parents and their peers; college students living away from home for the first time; people of all ages in the break-up of relationships and the death of loved ones. I see couples who are newly married or newly parenting, men and women coping with divorce, single —parenting or step-parenting, and individuals restructuring their lives after the nest has emptied.
I work in a collaborative, interactive manner. I’m an active, engaged listener, and I help my patients to listen closely to themselves. My orientation is primarily psychodynamic, moving back and forth between past and present experiences and relationships, enabling my patients to discover the sources of their emotional responses and behaviors. When appropriate, I also function as a teacher, an advisor and a coach, fostering perspective through experience and humor.
My goal is to introduce people to their strengths, their resilience and their capacity to love and be loved in safe and rewarding ways, freeing them to build the lives they hope for outside of my office.
AB cum laude Harvard College, 1966
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, New York University, l975
Clinical Internship, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City 1970-1971
Four-year, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy, The Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Ma. 1975-1979