I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 1990. I worked in agencies for a few years then went into private practice, now in Lincolnwood. I later founded a group private practice, North Suburban Family Psychologists, which specializes in the treatment of children, teens, adults, couples and families using a theoretical approach grounded in self psychology. I’m on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, an elected member of the international council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) and Chair and Co-founder of IAPSP’s Couples Therapy Interest Group. I’ve published several papers in psychoanalytic journals and have presented and taught nationally and internationally.
My approach involves developing a safe trusting relationship through which the patient and I can explore the patient’s feelings, thoughts and needs about themselves and others, and the multiple current and past influences on them. We then work together to clarify the patient’s goals and ways to achieve them. The approach is grounded in psychoanalytic theory but incorporates concepts from other models when indicated to be responsive to the patient’s needs and goals.