I'm glad you're visiting my website.  Psychotherapy is a complex process that is difficult to describe.  My goal in these pages is to describe what it would be like to be in psychotherapy with me and to explain how it works.  I've tried to do this as clearly and straightforwardly as possible.  I hope you will feel that I've succeeded.

My Approach to Psychotherapy

During my 30 years of practice and study of psychotherapy I have developed a practical approach.  It is based on science, scholarship, and clinical wisdom, and it is aimed at producing fundamental, lasting change as rapidly as possible.  My goal is to help people change emotional and behavioral patterns in order to enhance their personal effectiveness, authenticity, hopefulness, and overall well-being.
I believe effective treatment must challenge self-limiting convictions about ourselves and the world and develop emotional resilience that makes stressful experiences tolerable. In the context of a therapeutic relationship in which both client and I trust that we will give each other our best, we identify unique organizing principles that have shaped the client's expectations, often just beyond his or her awareness.  

Our explorations lead to understanding the influences of a client's lifetime of relationships and his or her habitual responses to the world.  This always involves an appreciation for the client's efforts to grow despite adversity.  Through this process clients develop an acceptance for all aspects of who they have become.  This expanded perspective produces a more robust and cohesive sense of self, making clients' experiences of intense negative emotion more bearable and allowing authentic desires, values, and goals to be identified and pursued with vigor.

My Expertise

As a generalist who has always worked with many varieties of psychological distress, I am expert at treating the whole person rather than mainly a set of specific symptoms, because I approach problems with an awareness of ways various symptoms relate to the larger context of a person's emotional world. 

I have special expertise working with children, adolescents, couples, and families.  I welcome working with people who are different from me in various ways.  I have extensive experience with bisexual, gay, and lesbian clients and with clients of different racial groups and cultural origins.

I Can Help
Psychotherapy can expand your world by deepening your relationship to yourself and others, freeing you to live fully.  If you are interested in learning more about how I might help you, your child, or your family, I welcome hearing from you.

I treat people of all ages with difficulties such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • procrastination
  • eating disorders
  • low motivation
  • psychosis
  • ADHD
  • underachievement
  • anger control
  • self-harm
  • perfectionism
  • trauma
  • addiction