I have always been deeply interested in people, their stories and how to bring about healing and growth in the face of adversity.
My first career as an Obstetrician Gynecologist and Pelvic Floor Medicine & Surgery specialist was centered around the care of new life and the complexity of the pelvic floor, that most mysterious and necessary support for pregnancy, childbirth, fulfilling sexual life, as well as holding onto and releasing that which is not needed.
Following fellowship training, I joined the faculty at a university hospital, where I treated patients, taught medical students and residents, and conducted research. Later, I worked in private practice as part of a large multi-specialty group where I started a new specialty clinic.
However, the more I practiced medicine and surgery, the more I learned the limits of what I could offer to effect meaningful and lasting change in the daily lives of my patients. I became increasingly interested in the emotional and mental well-being of my patients, in the care of their psychological floor so to speak. Over ten years ago, I decided to become a psychotherapist to help patients rebuild the foundation of their sense of self and relationships so as to bring about greater vitality and creativity in their lives.
To do this important and life changing work, I completed postdoctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Center for Object Relations Northwest Family Development Center in both the Parent-Infant and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programs. I provide psychotherapy to men and women unrelated to pregnancy and parenting as well as specializing in caring for expectant and new parents and their babies. Learn more about how my training differs from others you may be considering seeking consultation with.
Ongoing study and consultation
I am a candidate at the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and practice psychoanalysis under supervision. I also continue to be actively engaged in ongoing study and consultation in the following other professional organizations.
- Seattle Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
- Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
- Center for Object Relations Family Development Center