My clinical work primarily reflects my belief that cognition plays a central role in pathology and healing. In therapy, I typically focus on understanding my client’s life paradigm and those aspects of it that are maladaptive or underdeveloped, and work together on developing a more functional paradigm. I work in an interpersonal context, regardless of approach, mindful of the larger socio-political context and systemic forces. My clients characteristically describe my work as highly focused and effective and experience me as well-attuned to their inner life and dynamics. As to my clinical formation, I was trained in various therapies and schools of thought, including psychodynamic (both short-term and long-term), cognitive-behavioral (including Dialectical Behavior), and systemic therapies. Academically, and in parallel to my clinical training, I studied and researched existential and phenomenological approaches to treatment and pathology. Professionally, I owe the maturation of my clinical approach mainly to years of post-doctoral practice in Manhattan, New York.
In training therapists, a primary concern of mine is to help them develop a coherent clinical framework and to facilitate their understanding of their clients and themselves. I work differently with different supervisees, based on their stage of clinical development and specific needs. However, if I were to characterize my typical approach, I’d describe it as follows. I use my experience to sensitize the trainee to aspects of the client that require exploration and/or observation, and use the trainee’s interpersonal experience (i.e., being with the client) to further our understanding of the client’s psychology. As our understanding crystallizes and solidifies, we lay together the foundations for strategic intervention, aiming at the objectives set forth (and collaboratively with the client). Here is where we adapt our approach to the trainee’s learning goals and choose a specific modality of intervention. Subsequently, we assess how the intervention was received by the client and proceed accordingly. Throughout the process, I stress attunement and being-with-the-client over technique. My philosophy, rooted in experience, is that: When the therapist gets the client, the client gets the intervention.
To put it succinctly, I situate myself at the intersection of science and the arts. My interests are broad and multiple. They include, but are not limited to:
Brain science (e.g., McGilchrist) Francophone psychiatry (e.g., Minkowski)
Existential thinking (e.g., Camus) Phenomenology (e.g., Merleau-Ponty)
Mindfulness (e.g., Sati) Sculpture/sculpting (e.g., Rodin/clay)
Poetry (e.g. Delille)
The Muse speaks to those who listen.
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