EVIDENCE BASED, EMPATHETIC
We can all face difficulties throughout our lives. These moments can be difficult to go through and cope with alone. You may benefit from being supported and guided on how to cope in a healthy ways with these difficult emotions, to see things from a different perspective, to work on developing higher self-esteem, to create more meaningful relationships or to just feel happier in general.
I’m a friendly American clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, and I offer a comprehensive mental health care services to english and french speaking adults in Paris. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology with high honours from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, and a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Paris, where I graduated with honours, as well.
My professional experience includes both hospitals and clinics, including the Beaujon Hospital and Paul Brousse Hospital in Paris. My most recent clinical placement has been in Paris Psychology Centre, a mental health care centre for English-speakers in Paris.
I aim to create an open, caring friendly, and non-judgmental space in therapy where people can feel truly understood and work collaboratively on their problems. My approach is primarily based off Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. I also draw on techniques from Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and attachment-based therapy.
Problems I regularly treat include:
Anxiety and Worry
Isolation and Loneliness
Work and Study Stress
Difficulties Living as an Expat
Beginning my journey as a clinical psychologist, I worked as a professional ballet dancer. This allowed me to witness the importance of connecting the mind and the body, and being in touch with what makes you feel fulfilled and happy. I became increasingly interested in helping people connect with what makes them feel most alive and fulfilled. This took me down the path of helping people through psychology and therapy, which has, in turn, become my true passion in life.
Whatever you are currently going through, it would be a privilege for me to guide you through it, to help you see things from another perspective, and to achieve emotional balance, well-being, and happiness in your life.
WHAT IS THERAPY ?
As described by the American psychological association therapy is designed to "help people of all ages live better, healthier, and more fulfilling lives." My aim is always to provide the most effective therapy possible, helping the people I work with to lead happier, healthier lives. With the use of a variety of scientifically validated and effective therapeutic techniques, which are chosen and tailored based upon the individual's subjective needs, I aim to help my patients transform their thoughts and develop new coping strategies. This is with an objective to transform difficult emotions (such as anxiety and depression) in order to help my patients overcome the challenges they are facing and to find fulfilment. Sessions with me are designed to target the specific issue my patient is facing in order to provide them with effective tools and ressources in order to overcome these difficulties.
MY THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION...
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach which can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT is based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected. Due to this connection, negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. Our goal is to put into place a more virtuous cycle.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is another therapeutic treatment approach based on behavioral therapy. One of the integral components of ACT is to encourage values-guided action. ACT also refers to taking mindful action. An idea behind ACT is that people can live fulfilling and enriched lives by using the ACT principles without necessarily focusing on the reduction of symptoms.
Mindfulness is a type of talk therapy which concentrates on learning how to be more aware of thoughts, feelings, emotions, surroundings, and situations, and to reduce automatic responses (such as stress). Mindfulness techniques focus on managing our automatic responses to situations.
Schema therapy (ST) is an integrative approach that combines elements from cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theories, and Gestalt and experiential therapies. A principal idea in schema therapy is that everybody has emotional universal needs that are present from childhood. These needs include: safety, stability, nurturance, acceptance, autonomy, competence, identity, expression, spontaneity, and for a world with realistic limits. Healthy psychological functioning implies the ability to get one’s needs met in an adaptive manner.
Assertive training is a type of therapy that teaches individuals skills related to confidence. The idea is to help people better communicate their needs and wants, to be assertive instead of either passive or agressive. Assertiveness training helps people focus on their needs in healthier ways and build confidence in the long term.