I’m a Psychoanalyst and Licensed Psychologist (PSY25475) who works with individuals and couples at my office in downtown Berkeley. I am Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and have extensive training in a variety of approaches, including psychoanalysis, trauma-informed and mindfulness-based models of treatment, and family systems theories.
While I work with a wide range of issues, I have a special expertise in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns and am a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS). In addition to my clinical practice, I am an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University where I am involved in research and have published two books: Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males: An Integrative Approach and Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak. I have authored a wide range of articles, about which you can find more here.
Individual therapy focuses on helping you to understand your emotional life and to develop more effective ways of managing interpersonal relationships. Over time, you will deal more effectively with life’s difficulties and experience increased hope, creativity, and fulfillment.
Couples therapy helps couples to have productive conversations, resolve conflicts, and explore the unresolved issues that prevent deeper levels of intimacy. With regular meetings, couples develop a sense of hope that better conversation, and ultimately a more fulfilling relationship, is possible.
The treatment of eating disorders demands specialized knowledge of biology and nutrition, family dynamics, and the emotional issues that drive difficulties with food, weight, and shape. With this expertise in hand, we will navigate the complex recovery process together.