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I received my B.A. from Columbia University in 1996. After college, I went on to complete an M.Sc. in Developmental Psychology from University College London before receiving my M.D. from New York Medical College in 2004. I trained in clinical psychiatry at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry from 2004-2008 and graduated from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 2015. After my residency training, I integrated clinical work in psychiatry with neuroimaging research on the brain basis of problems of social understanding (i.e., the capacity to think about emotions and the nuances of interpersonal circumstances) in people with schizophrenia. I have published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and/or book chapters focused on the understanding and treatment of social impairments in people in the early phase of psychotic disorders. I am currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). I divide my time between work in academic psychiatry at MGH and my private practice in Cambridge.
I take a psychoanalytically-informed approach to the psychotherapeutic process of helping individuals with symptom relief, emotional pain, and interpersonal growth. This approach involves a focus on the role of emotions in a person's mental life, a consideration of how psychological defenses may complicate achieving greater personal fulfillment, and exploration of how the relationship that unfolds between me and the patient may shed light on how early models of relationships could contribute to problematic interpersonal patterns in the here-and-now. I integrate psychiatric medications in the therapeutic work whenever appropriate for the purpose of reducing emotional suffering, enhancing the capacity for reflection on painful experiences, and to facilitate relational understanding and development.