I received my Master’s of Social Work from New York University in 1995, and a post-master’s Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social work from the same institution in 1999. I worked as a clinical social worker, a psychotherapist, a field instructor and a clinical supervisor for twenty-five years in New York City. In 2016 I was diagnosed with a unique, unstageable, un-prognosable cancer that transformed and reshaped my vocational goals, capacities and priorities. In 2019 I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now work as a coach, mentor, teacher, writer, workshop facilitator, and provider of spiritual support.
I began this blog, What a Shrink Thinks, in 2011 as an online journal promoting general awareness and education and transparency about the complexities of the psychotherapeutic process. Since that time the focus of the essays here evolved towards explorations of archetpye and depth psychology, dream work, active imagination, and frank discussions of existential concerns and mortality.
I have had articles and essays – written by me or about my work – in publications ranging from the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia and Psychology Tomorrow, to Vox, New York Magazine and The New Yorker.
The What a Shrink Thinks Seminar provides additional subscription content – two essays monthly – focused on Jungian and depth psychological readings about dreams and dream work to examine their practical application for therapeutic, creative and contemplative practice.
I also have compiled two ebooks available for purchase.
In addition: I lead several online educational groups and workshops: one on working with dreams for creative and contemplative processes and a workshop exploring death denial and death anxiety, online via Zoom. I have also facilitated peer support groups for therapists who want to focus on integrating ecotherapies and explorations about climate change into their therapeutic practices.
Over the past three decades I have enjoyed a generalist practice, with a wide variety of sub-specializations. For the past several years I have enjoyed focusing on work with several different communities of religious sisters. Supporting women through their candidacies and novitiates, as well as offering therapeutic supports to juniors and fully professed sisters comprises roughly one-third of my individual counseling practice. Support in professional development for therapists constitutes another third. Support to those with life-limiting illness, especially rare diagnoses, is another component of my current practice focus.
In 2017 I launched a dream collection project – The 45 Dreams Project- which involved collecting, sorting and writing about over 3,000 dreams of our 45 President.
In 2019, I opened the Climate Dreams Project to start gathering our unconscious narratives about climate breakdown and global warming. In March 2020, I began collecting pandemic dreams at New World Dreams
If you would like to know anything more about my work or my philosophical/spiritual stance – feel free to peruse the public essays and publication links posted here at this blog.
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