About

I am a licensed psychotherapist and Imago Certified therapist in Washington DC.  I specialize in working with individuals and couples in their 20’s and 30’s. I also run a support group for professional women in their 20’s and 30’s. My areas of focus are on all relationship issues for singles and couples, anxiety related issues and self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness issues.

Lena

I am a firm believer that people can have healthy, happy and fulfilling lives in both their relationship with themselves and with others and it is my goal for each client to help them achieve that.  I believe that psychotherapy is so much more than the client talking to me while I listen. While I provide an unbiased, empathic, non judgmental and safe space, I am also highly  interactive and help clients meet the goals that they set for themselves.

I have a cognitive behavioral, solution focused, goal oriented and problem solving approach but I also believe that short term strategies are not the only solutions to overcoming problems. I believe it is of the utmost importance to take into account life experiences, family of origin and personality traits that are at the deeper heart of any psychotherapeutic undertaking. I take a holistic approach and look at every aspect of the person: mind, body and spirit.

When I work with couples and individuals, I draw from my training in Imago relationship therapy. My husband and I have participated in the Imago Getting the Love You Want workshop and I fully believe in the power of Imago because I see how it not only helps the couples that come to see me but it has profoundly and deeply impacted all my relationships in the most positive way.

Education, Experience and More

I have a Masters degree in Counseling from Loyola College and a Masters in Communications from Fordham University. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Lehigh University.

I have worked in many clinical settings, including my current practice with the Imago Center of Washington DC since 2011. I have worked with the homeless and mentally ill at Catholic Charities, in Palliative Care at St. Agnes Hospital and in patient services at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Johns Hopkins Oncology.

I am a freelance writer and write on relationships and parenting. My work has been published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Psychology Tomorrow and the Examiner. I also enjoy motivational speaking and empowering people through education and knowledge.