Welcome

Thanks for visiting my website.  I’m glad you’re here considering therapy, which can be an enriching and transformational experience.

I’m a therapist based in Los Angeles (Manhattan Beach) and throughout California online, including the Bay Area. I specialize in individual therapy for adults, and commonly work with anxiety, depression, relationship, and self-confidence issues.

Therapy is for all kinds of people and many situations in life. It’s for addressing a current difficulty, or working past an old issue, or establishing a weekly ritual that sustains growth and a good life. These are all good reasons to seek therapy.

My clients are mostly professionals, of all ages, from diverse backgrounds. They typically lead busy if stressful lives.  I work with creatives, executives, and professionals in entertainment, media, and business; fellow therapists who trust me to be their therapist; people from immigrant family backgrounds (I speak Spanish); academics; internationals; concerned parents, and others.

I’m a psychodynamic therapist and I take care to be sensitive to your history and to understand you well.  I know how to generate productive conversation and movement toward change and growth — toward more balance, love, vitality, and fulfillment.

I invite you to contact me.  Feel free to reach out if you have questions or wish to schedule a brief chat or first appointment.

About Me

This section is entitled  “About Me”, but you’ll notice it’s mainly about me as a therapist, not so much about the rest of me.  (As with many therapists, I express my personality when we work together, but don’t disclose much about my personal life.)

I was trained at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and the Family Service Agency of Marin, and I’ve been practicing for over a decade now, with my own private practice.

As a psychodynamic (or psychoanalytic) therapist, I help you outgrow unwanted patterns of feeling, thinking, and acting.  We explore, emotionally and intellectually, how and when these patterns formed, how they manifest today, and how you can move beyond them.  It’s a process that brings growth and transformation.

My therapeutic style is friendly but professional and respectful of boundaries. I try not to talk too much or little and aim for active, but not overactive, participation.  I take up the position of a fellow-traveler in your life (though I always stay outside your life), and I explore your journey with you, by talking with you about it.

As a former college professor in the humanities and social sciences, I have a PhD in political theory from the University of California at Berkeley.  I studied at Berkeley in an interdisciplinary mix of philosophy, social theory, political science, literature, and psychoanalytic theory, and taught for several years at universities in California and at McGill University in Canada.  I can draw on this background at opportune moments in therapy, to frame or broaden or deepen our conversation, but I’m not long-winded about it, and I have a good sense of which clients would occasionally like to hear from this side of me and which would not. 🙂

I enjoy humor and laughter, and if you’re shy or introverted, please don’t worry, I’m easy to talk to and know how to fill quiet moments.

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