Individual & Couples Therapy

Simply put, I work with people who are struggling. I help them understand themselves more fully and in so doing, create lives that are more satisfying and productive.

Sometimes people want help with a very specific issue–say, relationship conflict within a couple–and other times, individuals have a core sense that something isn’t “right” in their lives, and want help in figuring out what’s working, and what needs to change.

I work with older children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in my practice. Please visit the Family Therapy page if you’d like more details on how I work with the entire family unit.

How I Work

Our main goal is to decrease your suffering and increase self-understanding, as well as deepening insight into the emotional issues and conflicts which lie underneath your current difficulties.  

Psychoanalytic therapy is a form of therapy that has been well studied and proven effective for many different types of people and problems.  It can be especially helpful for people who haven’t found relief with other, less intensive forms of treatment.  My way of working is entirely customized to you and what you need.  It is not a manualized, formulaic way of working.  It is a personal and personalized experience.  No two clients’ treatments are the same. 

I see clients a minimum of once per week.  Often we will choose to meet more frequently.  The focus is entirely on you–on the exploration of your inner experience, and how it affects your daily life, as it carries over from significant events and relationships of the past, and even how it shows itself in our therapeutic relationship.  Clients typically describe me as authentic, kind, and able to hear and help them make sense of painful experiences.  

I completed a rigorous advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy which included two years of intensive post-graduate coursework and ongoing presentations of my clinical work to senior therapists at the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center in Portland, Oregon.  

Because of my strong belief that intensive treatment can offer significant benefit to many clients, I am pursuing full psychoanalytic training and am currently a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.  Therefore I am able to offer psychoanalysis to clients who could benefit from the depth and frequency of this unique form of treatment. 

Please call me at 858-227-7181 or email me at if you’d like more information or to arrange an appointment.

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