Do you struggle to reach your full potential in relationships, at work or in school?
Have symptoms of depression or anxiety diminished your sense of vitality and connection to yourself and others?
In addition to our own biological predisposition, social, familial and societal expectations often contribute to these symptoms. The fast pace and intensely competitive environment of New York City can compound the pressure to live up to impossibly high standards of achievement, while social media posts make it seem like everyone else is accomplishing this with ease. Therapy can help us reclaim our true selves by examining the way in which early relationships, usually with important caregivers, impact our lives in the present. Often, we develop ways of coping, behaving and relating that serve us well when we’re young, but which outlive their usefulness - and may even become detrimental - as we get older.
With an emphasis on your “here and now” concerns, I'll work with you in a caring, nonjudgmental and safe space to examine the unique circumstances of your life that have helped shaped your narrative, or “template,” for being in the world, and which may be impeding you in important areas of your life. These defensive patterns can be understood as we discover more about your experiences and relationships, and may well play out in the therapy room as well. Together, we'll look at the way in which this narrative may have kept you “stuck,” while at the same time providing a sense of safety and familiarity. Based on your unique strengths, we'll work to craft a new narrative that will help you understand your own wants and needs and to accomplish the goals you set for yourself.
How I Can Help
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
– Anna Quindlen