A professional home for members of the Chicago psychoanalytic community
I am a psychologist-psychoanalyst with specialized training to work with people often difficult to reach or suffering from difficult to reach problems. Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy foster personal development and liberation by transforming suffering into growth. Together, we will work to understand the meaning of your emotional experiences, thoughts, dreams, memories, fantasies, and sensations with the “goal” of cultivating a more robust sense of self by expanding your capacity for work, love and creativity. I work from a British Object Relations perspective in the Independent Tradition.
I believe it is essential that psychotherapy address the problem(s) at the correct level of the personality; this requires that symptoms are understood in the context of patient’s life as a whole person – how he or she exists in the world with others and themselves. Such an approach requires expertise in evaluating and utilizing the therapeutic relationship itself, the process dimension, rather than focusing primarily on the content dimension (as can be the case of CBT, and other shorter term programmatic techniques/treatments). On this view symptoms indicate aspects of human possibility that, for one reason or another, have been hampered in their development and/or expression.