Welcome. You’re aware of the deep pain that’s leading you to begin therapy. It’s likely you’ve been feeling this way for much of your life. But now it’s too much to manage on your own. You’re anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or in conflict with a loved one.
No matter how much you’re hurting, I believe you can change and grow. I have a deep capacity to hear your story and help reduce your suffering. I bring a calm, compassionate, and engaged approach to therapy
We will work together to reduce your current pain while delving deep to address longstanding problems. I help you overcome past traumatic experiences so you can feel free to live the life you want.
Who I am
Long before I became a psychotherapist I was a caregiver and “therapist” to many others in my life. Helping people comes naturally to me. I’ve also experienced many of my own struggles which have helped me to develop compassion for others’ suffering.
I’m a first generation immigrant to the United States, from Eastern Europe, and the oldest of 5 kids. We experienced a very difficult childhood. In my life I’ve been through poverty, violence, communism, and a whole lot of tough stuff. I’ve come to see value in both painful and joyful life events. It is these experiences that have helped me grow. And as a result of my own transformative personal therapy I have a strong belief in the life-changing power of psychotherapy.
While I’ve lived in varied places in my life, I’ve called Austin home for the past 15 years. I’ve spent over a decade working with people and listening to their stories, in various settings. I’ve worked in the business world, community mental health, and private practice. I strive to help people understand themselves, their histories, and what they want in life.
I’m passionate about helping men and women who’ve been through some really tough shit in their lives, yet have somehow made it through. If you’re here it means a part of you is hopeful and resilient. Together we can help you take the next steps towards feeling and doing better. I work well with clients who recognize that change takes time, are willing to commit to the process of therapy, and want to understand themselves deeply.
In particular, I have a talent for working with intense people. If you’ve been told you’re “too much” for others, or previous therapists found you “resistant” or “avoidant” there’s a good change we’ll work well together.
How I approach therapy
My goal in therapy is twofold: help you reduce your current pain and address longstanding problems. Many people enter therapy because of symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. Additionally, many clients are highly critical of themselves, drink too much, work too much, or end up in unhealthy relationships. All these feelings and behaviors have a purpose.
So in therapy we will go on a journey together to figure why you do the things you do and why you feel the way you feel. This journey will help you reduce your pain and help you develop freedom to make different choices in your life.
In therapy sessions, I strive to be calm, attentive, and emotionally-engaged. I listen deeply to your story and help you see patterns you’re not aware of. I value the therapeutic relationship and invite you to let me know about your reactions to our work.
What you can expect from our sessions
I will invite you to begin sessions with what you want to talk about. Sometimes clients talk about problems in the present, sometimes they describe events from the past. Either way, we will help you understand how the past and present are connected. Together, we’ll help you make sense of all your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Working through all your experiences, as well as dreams, fantasies, and deep dark shameful parts of you, allows you to become more clear about what’s going on inside. This process helps you find new answers to old questions. Through the work of therapy you can transform your relationship with yourself, and with others.
In sessions, my style is warm and attentive. I’m nonjudgmental and rarely fazed by what I hear. I’m serious but also irreverent at times, and occasionally drop an F bomb. All the while, I’m passionate about this work and deeply committed to helping you.
- Masters in Counseling Psychology from St. Edwards University.
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in the State of Texas (License #202470).
- 2-year post-graduate integrative psychotherapy program through the Middelberg Institute in Austin. This approach integrates psychodynamic theory, which gives us important information about your internal conflicts and object relations, with newer, interpersonal neurobiology approaches which seek to give clients healing and transformative new experiences in session.
- Candidate in Studies in Adult Psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS).
How to get started
To get started please call 512-270-9002 or email me. We will connect for a brief consultation and scheduling phone call. If you have questions or need additional information please feel free to view my FAQ page and fees and policies.
I look forward to hearing from you!