Weight of the Pager
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”
My Background & Focus
I am a working physician with a master's degree in counseling and a private practice in psychotherapy. I work with adult individuals and couples, and I provide supervision for candidates. I have training specific to relationships, the peripartum period, and addictions. I am well versed in the durable impacts of trauma and am trained in EMDR to facilitate this work. This gives me enormous flexibility as a depth-oriented clinician helping people negotiate the life transitions we all might face but which can be quite challenging. My training in marriage and family therapy facilitates work on relationships and intimacy. I also help clients circumnavigate the complex emotions associated with pregnancy to include changing family dynamics, postpartum depression or anxiety, and common but troubling intrusive thoughts. Work life balance, imposter syndrome, anxiety, or depression, and concerns you bring up around alcohol or substance use are other areas we might explore. I will help you identify and understand your implicit assumptions as they help or hinder you in your life goals and relationships. My ongoing work in the perioperative environment gives me unique insight to the issues we all face as clinicians in healthcare, and I specialize in this work as a consultant and therapist. Confidentiality is of the utmost priority in a counseling practice and my work is no exception. I am happy to elaborate how our work together is protected both by law and a rigorous ethical code. Please expect a warm and compassionate welcome should you choose to reach out. You may leave a message on my voice mail, send an email through the contact form below, or click on the envelope icon. Please include convenient times for me to return your call.
The psychotherapy relationship is collaborative, empowering, and built specifically on trust developed over time. Engagement will, at times, be a highly vulnerable, emotional experience. The process offers life altering changes in perspective, habits, and assumptions. It can also offer new strategies to help cope with life's inevitable challenges. My work as a physician informs my therapy work with a long history of helping people in vulnerable positions. Also know that some of my training addresses experiences unique to women, such as pregnancy, but that I also welcome work with men. Please find some of the information to which you are entitled as a consumer by clicking here:
"Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes"
Individual & Couples Counseling
Consultation and Supervision
Individual therapy is a highly personal experience. How I wish it was not so stigmatized because it can be not only life altering but lifesaving too. We would probably all like to feel that we can handle anything and everything, but frankly life can be hard. There is no shame in seeking guidance, comfort, solace, and a deeper understanding for self. There is courage in seeking to understand, process, and make meaning from our most painful feelings and experiences. There is no requirement in life to continue suffering alone with feeling chronically drained, anxious, angry, or depressed. Therapy can be practical, brief, and problem focused, or more long term and in-depth. I am happy to answer questions about my theoretical approach rooted in the neurobiology of relationship. It does begin with a formal gathering of important information. This will contextualize and help to identify and guide evolving goals. You can terminate therapy at any time, it's up to you. Should you choose, I look forward to meeting with you to identify your goals and accompany you on your journey.
Couples counseling aims to identify and reorganize the lens through which we learn to see, understand, and negotiate our relationships. A marriage and family perspective incorporates the observation that change in one part of the system inevitably changes the system as a whole. Additionally, we often approach our partners with assumptions and expectations that are not only unspoken, but also unrecognized. Couples and family therapy stands back to witness the process, misunderstandings, and unmet needs to bring these into awareness. Communication, goals, intimacy, and busy working lives all interweave to create a unique partnership. Major changes such as having a baby, helping teens and young adults negotiate the world, and other transitions in family life all have under-appreciated impacts worthy of focus. There are many ways for the motivated family or couple to get at this material towards a healthier, more satisfying, and durable connection.
Putting it all together as a counselor in training is an enormous time and emotional investment. Please reach out to see if we might be a good fit working together. I offer supervision for candidates in professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and addiction counseling. Your hours are applicable towards all three to maximize your counseling perspective if you wish. You can expect help navigating clinical work, legal & ethical challenges, preparation for qualifying exams, and a warm collegial, professional relationship in individual & group settings.
Trauma in Healthcare
Please contact me for consultation focused on ongoing trauma in our current healthcare environment. This is an area of expertise and I discuss the synergy between our working environments and what we bring to the table as individuals. I elaborate strategies for individual health and well-being rooted in the reality of our environments.
Benefit from my professional experience and medically informed mental health services.