Who I Am
I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in the state of Colorado. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and my post-doctoral fellowship at the Wardenburg Health Center at the University of Colorado.
In addition to providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation services, I am also a published author and nationally and internationally invited speaker on a variety of topics related to psychology and psychoanalysis, including eating disorders, working with survivors of abuse and other traumas, and training of young professionals. I have extensive experience in mentoring graduate students and young professionals, supervising, consulting, and program development for individuals in training ranging from undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.
After receiving my doctorate in clinical psychology, I completed a post-doctoral four year certification in contemporary psychoanalysis as a candidate in the nationally regarded National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City. I am serving as the Secretary for the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association, and am an active member of several professional organizations devoted to psychology, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis.
I have also worked as the Training Director for the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research, where I have also taught, supervised post-graduate trainees, and developed programs and courses for students. I founded the organization’s Psychobabble series, a monthly seminar offered by professionals in the greater Boulder community to enhance local therapists’ education about issues pertaining to the practice of psychotherapy.
As you can probably see, I am a big believer in education as a lifelong process, and I strive to bring this interest and curiosity into my work every day.
What I Do
Change is hard! Staying stuck is harder. Psychotherapy can help you get back to feeling good about yourself, your relationships, or gain clarity about your life goals. We all struggle sometimes with life’s challenges, and we learn to handle them in many ways. If we’re lucky, we find helpful coping strategies, but sometimes what we’ve learned to do to manage stress stops working for us. Usually, that is the time when people decide to try therapy: when they are unable to find their way out of rigid patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, knowing that there is something better out there but not knowing how to find it! While I work with people who are dealing with a variety of concerns, here is a list of difficulties that I tend to work with more frequently than others.
- Self-Harming Behaviors/Self-Injury (cutting, picking, burning)
- Eating Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Grief Work
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Adoption-Related Issues
- Relationship Issues