I am a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. After completing my PhD at the University of Rochester, I sought psychoanalytic training at the scholarly but also whimsical Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in NYC. Since then, I’ve taught at several psychoanalytic institutes including the National Institutes for Psychotherapy, the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey; and currently, at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. I have taught classes on personal agency and developmental semiotics, gender and sexuality, comparative intersubjectivity, and on the contributions of theorist Tom Ogden. I have a passionate interest in psychoanalytic theory and writing, and have published (or have forthcoming) articles in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division/Review, and The International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.
Prior to my training as a psychoanalyst, I held a wide variety of clinical positions, including as a psychologist for preschool, latency aged children, and adolescents in day and residential treatment settings; and later, for inpatient adolescent and adult treatment programs. I have also worked in college mental health and served as a consultant to the Tufts University Counseling Center and its training
My specific interest lies in the art of clinical listening to conscious and unconscious communications; and in how we use ourselves as subjects in an ongoing process of meaning-creation. I see therapy as dedicated to creating and sustaining an experience of aliveness, and I pay close attention to the ways in which patients use language. I have found that understanding the “talking cure” in part as a process of semiotic empowerment has been a very useful and results-oriented way of working. My goal is to help our patients gain increased fulfillment in their intimate lives and free themselves from their presenting symptoms, but also to emerge with increased curiosity about themselves and others and with an enhanced capacity to communicate and to engage in creative, impactful ways with and in the world beyond themselves.
Through my clinical experience, I have become fascinated by the ways in which we can understand psychoanalysis as a democratic practice —as a process of democratic transition. Exploring how patients claim their agency and capacity to contribute their distinct singular creativity and destiny in both private and public life is a question that sustains my ongoing clinical and theoretical exploration. At the same time, I listen for, and seek to describe, the paradoxical interplay between the personal and the universal or transcendent dimensions of subjective and symbolic life.
Some of what I’ve discovered and am thinking about is articulated in my book (written with contributions by Michael Macrone), Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire (Karnac Books, 2016).