Therapy is a collaborative art. If the therapist and client cannot form a strong alliance, growth and change are impossible. Paramount to creating this alliance is a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental environment. I work with the client to establish goals. And I encourage feedback all along the way. The work can and often needs to be intense but it does not have to exclude humor and ease in the room. We will explore family of origin learned, patterned behavior. We will also explore present moment-to-moment interactions. Our work will provide both support through difficult times and support for change and personal growth.
There is no single, right way of working with clients. We are all unique. And I encourage and celebrate that uniqueness. My approach to therapy is interpersonal. I draw upon aspects of family systems therapy, attachment theory, existential theory, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and gestalt therapy among others. But I believe real change occurs through the collaborative moment-to-moment interactions between therapist and client in a safe, compassionate space.
- Relationship Issues
- Life Transitions
- Coping Skills
Most of my work with couples is based on the knowledge I have gained working with Stan Tatkin, Wired for Love, in his two-year intensive. Stan’s theory is based on early attachment theory, neurobiology, and arousal regulation.
This approach involves learning about your own coping mechanisms as well as those of your partner. You will begin to understand that your partner’s behavior is, for the most part, not personal or meant to be hurtful. It is just learned, early survival conditioning. Our goal is to create a safe relationship environment in which change can occur for both partners, an environment in which you can turn toward each other for security and relief.
Our sessions will be on average two therapeutic hours.
I supported myself as an actor for thirty-five years. I understand the conflict between having a meaningful life and a meaningful career. I also understand the sometimes-necessary connection between depression and creativity. My own experiences as well as my training as a therapist make me uniquely qualified to guide actors, writers, and other artists along this very personal journey.
Transitioning into Older Age
I reinvented myself at the age of 60. It has not been easy and it has been incalculably rewarding. Growing older involves letting go and acceptance but it does not and must not involve giving up.