Online Therapy during the Crisis
I've been practicing online therapy for years; I can help you adjust to the online experience so that you feel like we're together in the same room. I think you'll see it really helps.
Sometimes our character gets us success, but it comes with a price: we're blocked from the next level of achieving more or feeling fulfilled. If you’re a professional, an entrepreneur, a creative or self-employed, and you’ve tried coaching or therapy before and nothing has broken through, I may be able to help.
Schema therapy is the exciting result of what happens when therapists put together “what works” in therapy from many different schools of thought and approaches. I originally started training with it when I wanted to improve outcomes for my clients in a shorter period of time. It’s an exciting, powerful approach, and I was hooked. It was developed by psychologists trained in cognitive behavioral therapy who saw that some clients were not being helped. While it still uses the principles of CBT, it also uses the idea that childhood experience is an important factor in overcoming pervasive, long-term life patterns and behaviors. Schemas are patterns of viewing ourselves, others, and the world which helped us cope with life when we were children, but then became a burden in adulthood. For example, “I have to work hard because nothing I do is ever good enough” may have been a way of gaining approval from an over-demanding parent, but in adulthood it leads to frustration, perfectionism, indecisiveness, and difficulty finding fulfillment. Schema therapy has identified 18 different schemas which may get in the way of success, or even cause anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.
My clients appreciate schema therapy because they know what direction the therapy is going, and have the option of readings, exercises, journaling, and a clear plan. It isn’t just homework, since schema therapy values a warm, supportive relationship between therapist and client. You’ll start with some questionnaires to identify schemas and get some background on how they developed in your life. Once I have a really clear picture of you and your background, we focus on how schemas are holding you back in everyday life, and start practicing focused ways of changing them. Schema therapy taught me how to “not sound like a therapist” so you really have the experience that I’m hearing you and on your side. Because I am.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed to practice in 4 states. I am also a board-certified tele-mental health provider who does online therapy. I have over 6,000 hours of supervised training and have been practicing for 13 years.
Prior to clinical training I worked as a francophone interpreter for refugees and survivors of torture in psychotherapy. As I translated for our French speaking clients, I had the opportunity to work closely with many talented psychotherapists, psychiatrists and physicians. I continued doing professional case management for refugees. As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) I was required to complete over 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work prior to being licensed. I also completed an “R” privilege in New York State, meaning that I have completed an additional 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work. During training in psychoanalysis, I conducted two supervised intensive psychoanalytic treatments, in addition to going on to do many intensive psychoanalytic treatments in my private practice. I have years of experience treating a wide range of conditions, using many different clinical approaches.
In addition to social work training, I have 5 years of post-graduate training in psychoanalysis, as well as dozens of hours of post-graduate training in treating trauma and PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy and schema therapy. I specialize in addressing depression, anxiety, ADD, and personality disorders. I continue to improve myself as a clinician with training and regular consultation with veteran clinicians.
A Bit about My Background
Originally from the South Side of Chicago, I started film school where I soon realized I was interested in real life stories and how stories tell us who we are and where we want to go. I began studying philosophy and literature and was drawn to finishing a degree in French and a year of study at the Sorbonne in Paris. Once I returned to Chicago I began volunteering as an interpreter for psychotherapy with French-speaking political asylees from Africa who were survivors of torture. This was the beginning of my path toward becoming a psychotherapist. From my time working with people from different cultures I learned a valuable lesson about psychotherapy that has always stuck with me: the client always comes before your psychological theories. For example, more collective cultures often value the therapeutic power of close relationships rather than the strange idea of seeing a professional (who is a stranger). I learned to value humanism and to stay open-minded about what works for people in their own way.
I moved to New York City just after 9/11 where I started community organizing work with the International Trauma Studies program and the Downtown Community Resilience project while volunteering as an extern with the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. I continued community organizing as a “day job” while completing my degree in social work. Part of my training involved an internship with the Veterans Administration providing psychotherapy for combat veterans. As a mental health consultant I traveled in a team to Iraq as part of an NGO project to train mental health providers the fundamentals of trauma treatment.
I continued community organizing as a program director with a non-profit, managing staff, raising money, and building partnerships with government and local organizations. From there I devoted myself full-time to work as a staff psychotherapist with a community mental health center in The Bronx. This clinic served the local community—particularly those with serious chronic mental illness— while also receiving patients discharged from hospital inpatient units in need of outpatient care. I treated a broad variety of conditions and had a comprehensive education in types of psychotherapy including dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and long-term supportive therapy.
I’ve always been practical at heart, and though I did a lot of theoretically intense psychoanalytic work, my heart always drew me back to “what works” for people, outside of any particular school of thought. And that’s how I found myself loving the approach schema therapy takes: if it works, we do it.
I moved to San Diego to get away from the hectic daily life in New York City, and love it here.
A Note on Online Therapy
As a board-certified provider of tele-mental health care, I make sure we establish an online setting which feels close, personable and human. While online therapy may not be for everyone, it is actually very effective and similar to the experience of being in the same room together in profound ways. Please be aware that if you engage a clinician for mental health treatment online, professional associations have established a rule that the therapist must have a license in the state in which you reside, while international regulations are much more permissive. I am licensed to practice in California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
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