I am a licensed psychologist with the training and experience to treat many forms of anxiety, depression, personal and interpersonal problems. In general, such problems may be situational, short-term, or long-term patterns. They may be brought on by an immediate crisis, or have been brewing for years. They may be complicated, involving the behavior of a spouse, a child, extended family, a friend, an employer or co-worker. In all cases, problems have causes, and most often, solutions. Together, we will seek solutions.
I have talked to many people about their lives, what has happened to them and been done to them. We have discussed what they have done along with their most intimate feelings, their regrets, frustrations, anxieties, or fears, their successes and hopes, failures, illness, and losses. Together, my clients and I have sought solutions, strategies and actions to bring them closer to their aspirations and goals. Sometimes, self-knowledge and understanding are all that are necessary. Other times, specific protocols and direct instructions that are part of well-constructed, and thoroughly tested treatment practices are extremely useful. Which approach will work best for you? That’s what you and I need to determine.
This is how I practice psychotherapy: Treatment is our collaboration to clarify your goals and to develop the means by which they may be achieved.
My practices are founded on psychological science and decades of clinical experience. Generally, I support practices that are known today as evidenced-based treatments because they have been supported by real world application. Those treatments typically include cognitive-behavioral therapies and other interventions that have been shown effective. However, many events in life cannot be classified so easily, and have not been as thoroughly researched as we might prefer. For such situations, we have to rely on my professional knowledge and clinical experience, and your knowledge and experience to find appropriate solutions. Most of all, psychotherapy is about talking cooperatively, with mutual trust and honesty.
Among the concerns and issues I help with are:
■ Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
■ Communication Problems
■ Grief, Loss, & Bereavement
■ Health / Illness / Medical Issues
■ Infidelity / Affair Recovery
■ Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)
■ Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
■ Relationships & Marriage
■ Toxic parents
Treatment protocols are offered for specific anxiety disorders:
■ Anxiety reduction via progressive relaxation, cognitive restructuring, insight and action
■ Obsessive-compulsive behavioral intervention with exposure and response inhibition, plus cognitive strategies
■ Phobia treatment with customized desensitization hierarchies (Imaginal and in vivo), cognitive strategies
■ Problem solving, solution focused therapy
■ Improving communication, empathy and support
■ At the request of both parties, specific exercises to improve specific conditions may be recommended