After receiving my M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in 1984 I completed a two-year fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, D.C. at St. Elizabeths Hospital. Upon completing my fellowship I worked for several years as Coordinator of the Couples and Family Program in The George Washington Department of Psychiatry and opened my private practice in Maryland, later adding an office in McLean, VA.
Throughout my practice I have continued my training, first as a psychoanalyst in the Contemporary Freudian Society and then receiving my Ph.D. in clinical social work.
Training other clinicians is an important part of my work. I supervise social work and psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents and professionals in the field.
- Individual Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children
- Parent Guidance
- Couples Therapy
- Depression – sadness, low self-esteem
- Relationship and Intimacy Issues – current and long-standing
- Loss and Grief
- Life Transitions –premarital, separation, divorce, aging
- Preparation for and Adjustment to College
- Parent Guidance
Alongside my private practice I have taught in social work and psychology graduate programs and local psychotherapy training programs. These include:
- The George Washington University Ph.D. and Psy.D. Programs
- Smith College School for Social Work
- Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
- The Washington School of Psychiatry
- Contemporary Freudian Society Institute
- Co-Chair New Directions, a three-year writing program for psychotherapists offered by the Wash Psychoanalytic Center.
I am the co-author of Wearing My Tutu to Analysis and other Stories (2011), a book that uses stories from both sides of the couch to teach complex material to future clinicians and counselors and the co-editor of The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby (2013), both published by Columbia University Press. I am the author of many book chapters and professional articles. My essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Zone 3, Washingtonian Magazine, and Voices.
All my writing respects confidentiality by using only composites of individuals.
Prizes and Awards
Plumsock Prize, Contemporary Freudian Society – best Scientific Paper: Conversion Symptoms and Psychoanalysis in a Second Language.
Awarded the Fourteenth Annual Overholser Scientific Prize: The Utility of a Modified Group-as-a-Whole Psychotherapy Model with Chronic Psychotic Patients: A Case Study.
At my Huffington Post blog, Tales from Both Sides of the Couch as well, I use stories from both sides of the couch to illustrate “the how” and “the what” of the work I do as a psychotherapist.
I have presented, discussed or moderated papers at over fifty National and regional conferences, such as The American Psychological Association, The American Psychoanalytic Association, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, and The Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Society.