About Me

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  I am an experienced psychologist providing psychotherapy to individuals and to couples; my clients include adults, young professionals and adolescents.  I am also a group psychotherapist.

My office is in Bethesda and I have a home office in Silver Spring, MD.  As I used to live in NJ I still maintain a small practice there.

About my work: I love what I do! My style is professional, yet relaxed and I’m appreciated for being both compassionate and having a sense of humor in my work. My areas of expertise:  Over the years I have developed many areas of knowledge and competency. These include the treatment of depression and mood disorders, dissociative disorders, binge eating, bariatric surgery (pre- and post), survivors of trauma and abuse, health and serious illnesses, and senior issues.  I am especially interested in treating couples  – married, engaged, co-habiting, dating or other – to help them to improve a good relationship, to examine a current relationship, to repair a poor one, or to end a bad one in an optimal way.

Life Transitions: Our lives are filled with transitions in so many areas: relationships, children, finances, health, to name but a few. I know well how challenging it can be to deal with the dramatic changes we endure in our lives, be they where we live or lived, with whom we live, and the things that occur over which we have no control.  My practice focuses on helping people address the issues that come up along the way.

My training: I am a graduate of Fielding Graduate University in California, Haifa University in Israel, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  I have participated in post-graduate training at the School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Israel, and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in NJ.

My psychotherapy approach:  I am a relational psychodynamic psychotherapist – which says a lot about how I think about what is happening with my clients and guides me in helping them. I tend to be interactive, pragmatic and solution-focused when helping people. I also use complementary techniques such as EMDR, guided imagery and relaxation — but my focus is not on a method, it is on you, my patient. I am a careful listener and am interested in helping you figure out what lies behind or drives problematic behaviors, or the difficulties you may be experiencing in your relationships. I believe that it is important to build on one’s strengths in order to attain personal growth.

Estes Park PathEducation
Fielding Graduate University, California; Ph.D. 1996

Haifa University, Israel; M.A. 1979
University of Cape Town, South Africa; B.Soc.Sc. 1971

Licenses and Certifications
Maryland Licensed Psychologist
New Jersey Licensed Psychologist
Certified Group Psychotherapist

 

Professional Memberships
American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)
Middlesex County Association of Psychologists (MCAP)
Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association (MAGPS)