Psychoanalysts once thought that maintaining an emotional distance was therapeutically important, ensuring them a kind of clarity and objectivity in working with their patients. But psychoanalytic therapy has changed a lot since Freud.
In fact, psychoanalysis has changed considerably over the past century; today many clinicians offer a much more collaborative engagement, human being to human being. When it comes to helping people cope with their feelings, address their suffering, and find greater satisfaction in their lives and relationships, psychoanalysts still very much value and engage with the deep work of the mind and the complexity of each individual’s history and experience.
But contemporary psychoanalytic therapy is also an ongoing, in-depth conversation between two people—one in which the experience of relating to others, including each other right there in the room, can become a meaningful resource and play an important role in addressing the problems that have brought a person into therapy in the first place.
I offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals and couples. My areas of special interest include: anxiety and depression; young adults; adoption; immigration; creativity and wellness; writers, artists, and academics. More generally, I am interested in the way culture affects individuals, especially with respect to our affiliations and experiences of difference involving race, class, religion, gender, sexuality, and other categories.