Therapy

I provide individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, as well as education, consultation, and training to professionals and students. My private practice is largely informed by modern psychoanalytic theory. I am influenced by the awareness of matters of social justice throughout my practice, and am particularly thoughtful about the role that various cultural identifications, and their intersection, play in mental health and treatment.

A significant influence in my clinical practice is Social Justice Theory. I work extensively with people of the global majority, identifying as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (BIPOC), as well as individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+. Further, I consider the intersection of these and other important aspects of one’s identity, including socio-economic status, age, religion, and more, and how intersectionality creates unique individual experiences. I recognize that the needs of individuals who embrace multiple cultural identities that are part of non-dominant cultural groups are relevant to the work of psychotherapy. You will be supported to help understand how external cultural influences may impact relationships, work, identity and more.

A central aspect of my clinical thinking focuses on the role of power, privilege, and cultural dominance. Knowledge, concepts, and meaning are not developed on a solely individual basis, but rather are created through coordination and communication with others. Language is fundamentally important – it is the most essential way in which we construct reality. Our psychological experiences, including emotions, thoughts, somatic/bodily sensations, are subsequently developed within this context. I view problems in living, therefore, as relational, contextual, interpretive, and situated within the dominant discourse, expression, response, and cultural norms.

“Relevant … is decontructionism’s assertion that binary identity categories such as masculinity and femininity, blackness and whiteness, are in fact not dichotomous but rather are inextricably co-defining and take on their meaning in a context of power inequalities. They are pairs in hierarchical relation, and the valued member of the pair defines itself primarily by excluding unwanted characteristics from its self-definition. These in turn become the defining characteristics of the devalued member of the pair.” (“Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis,” Susan Fairfield, Lynne Layton, and Carolyn Stack (Eds.) p. 12).

 

Individual Therapy
Couple Therapy