About My Clients
My clients have experienced childhood or transgenerational trauma, abuse, neglect, and/or systemic oppression; cannot control anger or verbalize feelings; suffer shame; experience religious/spiritual/political change or conflict; and explore creative expression. I connect with students, activists, writers, teachers, creatives, techies, entrepreneurs. I attune closely to introverted, highly sensitive people and people relating to someone with a personality disorder. I enjoy working with families.
My Background and Approach
We will go beyond relieving symptoms to unpack the sources of your life's pain and purpose. I listen attentively, with curiosity and no judgment, allowing your experience to unfold so we can understand how you make sense of it. I help you revise outdated patterns and repair old wounds that break through coping mechanisms and defenses into symptoms such as anxiety, depression, uncontrollable anger, toxic shame, unresolved grief, mood swings, and insecure attachments. You can adjust behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that were once adaptive and are no longer. You will rediscover flexibility and adaptability, resilience and grace—appreciating how to track and shift emotional states, what to say to a loved one, why to connect more deeply with or cut someone off (e.g., an abusive relationship), etc. I help families, polyamorous arrangements, and groups. By dismantling oppression, we can hear ancestral voices and intergenerational trauma that resonates in us all.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My orientation to counseling and psychotherapy is psychodynamic, feminist, multicultural, intersectional, anti-oppression, pro-justice, neuroscience-informed, and trauma-focused. Prior to entering the counseling field, I had careers in academia and book publishing, which prepared me to engage and nurture people in a skillful way. My academic focus on philosophy of religion encouraged me to explore how people have made sense of their lives in the world. I experience privilege as an upper-middle-class White assigned-male-at-birth. I also identify as a member of the Jewish ethnicity and the LGBTGEQIAP+ community. Since 2019, I have completed many therapy trainings in group work, trauma recovery, anger management, White (anti-)racism, Internal Family Relations, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am qualified to use EMDR. I have a PhD in Religious Studies (philosophy of religion) and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Family Institute at Northwestern University (2021).