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.
I am a seasoned psychoanalyst and psychologist and have worked with people from ages 15 to 88. I have worked in the past at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and at CAPPS at the Northwestern Evanston campus. I have training in family and couples therapy. In graduate school and on internship I was exposed to many theories and schools of psychology and psychoanalytic thinking.
I like to look at the whole person in the context of their personal history, cultural background and their current relationships and occupation. I utilize my psychoanalytic training even if the treatment is not an analysis. In terms of psychoanalytic thinking, I am most comfortable with object relations, Self Psychology and relational theories of psychoanalysis. I see psychotherapy as a partnership between the therapist and the person seeking treatment. the therapeutic relationship is crucial to the treatment process.