A professional home for members of the Chicago psychoanalytic community
I came to psychoanalysis via music and history. As an undergraduate I studied oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music, and pursued graduate studies in European history at the University of Chicago before embarking on clinical training at the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW). I strive to bring this background to bear in practicing psychoanalytic therapy, engaging both the listening capacities cultivated in advanced musical training, and the attention to narrative fundamental to in the study of history, in helping patients come to know themselves and so heal from psychological difficulties.
Psychotherapy is a process for relieving emotional distress by restoring and cultivating its participants’ inborn capacities for thought and growth. Everyone engages with the world in idiosyncratic ways developed over the course of his or her path through life, and emotional suffering results when such adaptive measures go awry or no longer serve their original purpose. Repetitive unsatisfying relationships, low self esteem, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms can be alleviated when their origins are understood and reworked in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship, which I strive to provide in both psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.