I really appreciate your researching a therapist in order to find someone with whom you can relate and trust. We all have moments where we can't see clearly enough to help ourselves, and we all deserve to have the support and guidance needed in order to manage confusing, painful or overwhelming situations and emotions.
I have been personally and professionally inspired by the transformative power of IFS. Eye opening, life and relationship changing perspectives are possible through an understanding of and compassion for how you've learned to exist in this world up until now. And, just as importantly, deep healing of past wounds and traumas become possible, leading to new ways of defining your sense of self and relating to others.
As a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and Florida, I work with a great diversity of individuals and couples who are open and ready for profound life changes through more successful, intimate connections in relationships and an awakening toward how they perceive or define their sense of selves. Through healing historically painful patterns and reactions, the uncovering of a more confident, compassionate and peaceful sense of self becomes possible and within reach.
My clients currently range in age from college age students to adults in their 80's, seeking therapy due to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, body image, work/life transitions, and addiction. Sometimes it is possible to achieve great external success in careers or as students, finding work or intimate relationships painful or impossibly challenging. Other times people may feel defined by their sense of depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, or addiction, and can’t see past the pain of these hardships or identities seeming to block access to goals or dreams.
Keeping in mind how past experiences help determine our current perspectives and patterns, I also look at the larger social context surrounding emotions and reactions, considering cultural and societal legacies and influences, and physical symptoms as manifestations as well. I’m inspired by the tenets of Internal Family Systems, a powerfully effective modality that broadly encompasses other theoretical approaches including attachment, compassion-focused, psychodynamic, acceptance/commitment, meditative/mindfulness, Gestalt, and of course, family systems. IFS offers a non-pathologizing approach, helping clients to see their selves, feelings and behaviors in a new light, while nurturing painful emotions instead of branding them as negative or dysfunctional. Through taking a leadership role in a collaborative process, clients have the opportunity to experience the confidence of becoming an empowered, compassionate, capable participant, leading the way on their own path toward healing and new perspectives.
Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation & energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance