With more than 25 years of experience I enjoy working with people who are interested in better understanding the reasons for the problems and symptoms which are limiting their fulfillment in life. After earning my doctorate I worked in a community mental health center, taught graduate school, and opened a private practice in Wilmette. I have published and presented articles in national journals and conferences on the psychology of women, transference/countertransference,and therapeutic technique. I am very interested in the creative process, the arts, the interface of culture and psychology. In my free time I write poetry, enjoy walking my dog in the forest, cooking, reading novels, and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.
I believe that each individual is unique and that therapy/analysis works best when we can develop a trusting relationship where both patient and therapist can explore the emotional experience of the patient. Together we can begin to understand the sources of problems, symptoms, and roadblocks which are interfering in more comfortable and gratifying functioning in love, work, interpersonal relationships, and the creative process. My approach is essentially a developmental one, rather than theory bound. I am flexible in using what works for each person to deepen understanding and to facilitate growth in both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Initially trained as an anthropologist and historian, I am a faculty member at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy Chicago, a clinical pre-candidate at Lacan School (San Francisco), a member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Québec, and a therapist at Depth Counseling. I am open to working with patients by phone, video, or in-person.
I offer patients a space for free speech—to say what comes to mind, without holding anything back. Sometimes this is not easy to do, but, with time, it can also be enjoyable, exciting, and transformative, because it can help us to get in touch with desires that we did not know we had.
While I work with adults, adolescents, and couples dealing with a wide variety of issues, I have a particular interest in working with people who are dealing with questions about their relationships to society, culture, sexuality, and religion.
For many patients, I find it most productive to work together 2-3 times per week, after having a few weekly consultations to see if we are a good fit.