Parenting requires so much of us, and at times it can feel like a thankless, uphill battle. It can feel lonely, and it can feel defeating. It can dredge up our worst doubts about ourselves and painful memories from our past. It can also be a source of the highest highs, and this rollercoaster can get dizzying.
Maybe you are feeling like you are just making it all up as you go along, that you lack consistency and direction in your parenting.
Maybe you are starting to recognize in your parenting a glimpse of how your own parents acted towards you, despite wanting to set a different course with your own child.
Maybe you are finding yourself reacting to your child’s upset with equal or greater upset, rather than a cool head.
Maybe you feel like you’re spending all your time entertaining, directing, and redirecting your kids and would like to encourage more independence so you can have a little more breathing room.
Maybe you are overcome with fears about messing up, getting it wrong, or not knowing how to trust yourself or your child.
Maybe your child has unique challenges and you are not sure how to best support them.
Maybe you just feel alone or invisible, like a boat floating out into an ocean all by yourself, struggling to feel connected to your child, your partner, or yourself.
My mission is to help you confront these uncomfortable feelings, fears, and doubts, to understand where their roots lie.
I will help you to clarify your parenting values and use them as your guiding principles, allowing you to be calm, steady, consistent, and attuned to your child. When you are no longer reacting to your child, but confidently guiding them, you are able to become a more flexible, trusting, responsive parent, and the parent-child relationship can flourish.
My work with parents and families is rooted in Attachment Theory and Respectful Parenting Principles. I help families use their unique personalities, strengths, and vulnerabilities to become healthier, calmer, and more aligned with one another.
Ultimately, I believe that if I can help parents to help their children feel safe and validated, we can support healthy childhood development that leads to emotional wellbeing and the capacity to build meaningful relationships.
For families that are struggling with mental health concerns, I offer deeper, clinical support that is informed by best psychological practices, effective treatment protocols, and authentic emotional attunement.
Whether it is child & family therapy, postpartum support, individual therapy, or some combination of these approaches, I will work with you to determine the most appropriate level of care for whatever you may be facing.
When families work with me, we always begin with an exploration of the specific concerns that are motivating you to seek support right now. I also take into consideration all of the personal histories, unique stressors, family values, and individual temperaments that your family holds, and find ways to create interventions that are custom tailored to your needs.
This stage requires us to identify the strengths that already exist and use those to bolster the areas that need more support. This is a collaborative process, as you are truly the expert on your child. My role is to offer support, guidance, and sound psychological information that will help us to create a specific game plan that works for your family in which everyone can know what to expect and what their responsibilities will be.
It is my goal that you will never feel alone in this process, and this is a process. We will try things that will work and things that wont. Emotions will emerge that may take you by surprise. I am here to help you to work through the ups, downs, and in betweens along the way.
My ultimate goal is for you and your family to feel as though you have grown more connected and more equipped to weather any storm that may come your way down the line. When parents have an integrated sense of themselves as in charge, their children (no matter what age) sense that too and are able to relax. I will work with you to integrate this sense of calm and confidence and to build a versatile tool box that you can call upon over and over in the future as your family’s needs evolve.
I work with individuals and families in my private practice in Pelham, NY and through the group practice Octave Health in Midtown Manhattan. For families who are interested in connecting from locations outside of Westchester and Manhattan, I am able to provide virtual parenting coaching. Through a complimentary phone consultation, I will work with you to understand the specific needs of your family and to determine how I can best support you.
*Due to the current health crisis, I am providing all of my clinical and coaching services virtually at this time. Schedule a complimentary phone consultation to connect with me and explore how we can best address your needs in this complex and challenging time.*
For clinical services, while I am not in network with any insurance plans, I will work with you to determine your out-of-network benefits and provide you with all the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement or use for your FSA/HSA account. If your insurance plan has out of network benefits, a portion of psychotherapy expenses may be covered by your insurance policy. Coaching services are not typically covered by insurance. I encourage you to call your insurance company and ask them the following questions:
→ Do I have out of network benefits for mental health?
→ Do I have an annual session limit?
→ How much does my plan cover for an out of network provider?
→ What is my deductible and what is my current balance on the deductible?
→ What percentage of the fee is reimbursed for a therapy session?
→ How do I access the necessary form for reimbursement?