I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in Buddhist contemplative psychotherapy. Along with private practice, I am currently the Program Director for the Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at Nalanda Institute. My approach to therapy focuses on the unique concerns of each individual and tailoring the time-tested methods of yoga, meditation and contemplative practices of Eastern traditions to address each individual’s particular concerns. I believe that the therapeutic relationship and intersubjective process is often central to the working through concerns that bring people into therapy, and therefore tend to be active and interpersonally engaged in therapy.
I trained in psychodynamic and intersubjective approaches to psychotherapy at Fordham University, NYU Bellevue, and the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. This is coupled with my intensive personal and professional study of yoga and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist meditation in the United States, India and Nepal since 1999. I graduated with a BA in South East Asian Religion at Columbia College with Dr. Robert Thurman, and have worked and studied with Dr. Joe Loizzo at Cornell Medical College and Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science since 2002. I have studied and practiced yoga asana since 1999, and have been teaching yoga since 2005 in the Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga traditions. My heart mentors and guides from Tibetan tradition include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Venerable Robina.
I ultimately believe that the most pivotal and effective key to therapy is finding a good match between therapist and client. The unique relationship has to be a “good fit” within the context of a safe, compassionate, confidential, consistent and reliable environment. Given the importance of finding a good therapeutic fit, I encourage clients to consider the first couple of sessions to be a time to mutually discern whether we are a good match and to interview other prospective therapists.