I have been treating PTSD for more than 25 years, working with clients with a range of experiences. I have extensive experience helping survivors of childhood relational trauma, physical and sexual abuse. I have also worked with adult victims of violent crimes and emotional abuse within relationships. After 9/11, I worked with family members of the victims of the attacks and with first responders to 9/11. I have worked with combat veterans and with war refugees. My clients have also included those who have experienced car accidents, serious medical illnesses, miscarriages and premature delivery. I also work with clients who have lost loved ones to suicide and sudden death.
In treating PTSD, like other disorders and problems, my work tends to integrate various modalities, including talk therapy and body-centered techniques, such as mindfulness and skills to help them manage overwhelming feelings. I work with each client to consider the best approaches to her or his treatment. I have had extensive training and practice in Trauma theory and practice and in psychodynamic/developmental/analytic treatment. I use Internal Family Systems therapy with many patients, often in concert with Mindfulness skills. I am also trained and well experienced in EMDR and Energy therapies (Emotional Freedom Technique, Thought Field Therapy, Tapas Acupressure Technique). Teaching my clients techniques they can use independently to soothe painful emotions and manage their lives more effectively is central to my approach.
My practice is in Belmont, MA, very close to both Watertown and Cambridge, and a 15 minute drive from Brookline and Newton.