Bala Cynwyd, PA
“In my practice I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy. My specialty areas include women's issues and helping adolescents and young adults develop a healthier sense of who they are.”
Over the years, I have worked with teens and young adults on issues of depression, eating disorders and body image, anxiety, life adjustments and transitions (such as college graduations, parental divorce, moving), and school and social issues. My work with families with children of all ages has addressed fighting among family members, parenting and discipline, sleep problems, behavior problems, sibling relationships, and helping families when a member has an eating disorder or other health or emotional problem. I also work with couples and individual adults who are experiencing relationship difficulties, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and family/life stresses that feel overwhelming.
I am a licensed psychologist and have been in private practice for over 20 years. I received my Ph.D. from Temple University in Educational Psychology and completed a three-year post-doctoral clinical training program in family therapy.
My therapy approach recognizes the impact of our backgrounds and families – how we grew up, what we learned while growing up, what feelings and experiences of our own, or of our family members, have helped to shape us. In therapy, we use that information to explore patterns of feelings and reactions that may not be working in current situations. We work to modify those old patterns and work toward new feelings and reactions that help us feel better about ourselves and our relationships.
In my work, I am an active participant in the therapy process. My treatment approach is eclectic, in that I use various therapy strategies, tailored to the needs of each person, including mindfulness exercises, insight therapies, and cognitive behavioral skills.
I have presented to community audiences of parents and teens on a wide variety of topics such as: parenting and the internet, parents helping teens deal with teen culture pressures and body image, disciplining teens, ways to fight fair in families and general parenting concerns, eating disorders (presented to teenagers) and ways to deal with social pressures in middle school.