About Me

 

I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Haverford College. I am also the co-editor of The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, editor of the recently published book: "Making Our Ideas Clear: Pragmatism and Psychoanalysis", and an associate editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 

I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a health emphasis from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Afterwards, I studied interpersonal psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute in the process becoming a certified psychoanalyst. Additionally, I received a Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil) in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. My undergraduate work, also in Psychology, was at Clark University. 

I work with individual adolescents and adults who may be struggling with a number of psychological and developmental issues, including:

  • Depressed and anxious mood
  • Questions about the future
  • Feeling stuck and unable to move forward
  • Relationship issues
  • Academic issues 

Actively licensed in New York State and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

 


Philosophy, Values and Style

 

There are a number of important beliefs and values that I hold about the therapeutic process, which guide how I interact with patients:

  • Therapy involves an active collaboration between myself and my patient.  In other words, it requires us both working together to make meaningful change. 
  • The patient is the expert on their life. They know themselves better than anyone else. This means that one of my most important jobs is to learn from them in order to understand their experience as best as possible. 
  • To do this, I often reflect upon not only what the patient is telling me, but also my own experience in the room. I believe that this enables me to better understand not only my patient's experience, but other people's experience of being with them. 

A summary of my style with patients can be found here: Why talk to a therapist instead of a friend: The therapist-patient relationship