I am a depth psychologist with a psychodynamic theoretical orientation. My aim is to facilitate positive, meaningful, and long-lasting change in clients.
Treating People, Not Problems
My approach to therapy views each individual as more than a diagnosis or a cluster of specific symptoms, but rather as a complex whole of unique experiences within innumerable social systems and environmental contexts. Accordingly, my treatment of an individual‘s specific problems in living is one more of “rigorous eclecticism” than of the one-size-fits-all variety.
My initial training was in the humanistic, client-centered tradition, and I maintain an existential philosophical perspective. Like most contemporary clinical psychologists, I was subsequently also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). However, as I matured as a psychotherapist, my work became increasingly integrated with evidence-based, psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapy. I have a strong interest in, and appreciation for, the modern psychodynamic approaches that involve relational theory and intersubjectivity.
My treatment plans are cooperatively developed in a shared decision process involving full participation by clients, who are viewed as the foremost experts on themselves, to produce customized approaches that address the unique needs of each individual.
While I am committed to psychodynamic therapy, I do apply supplemental elements from other schools of psychological thought in my work. I utilize the insight-oriented strategies of psychodynamic psychotherapy to foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of Self and relationships, while supplementing this work with practical, action-oriented, cognitive and behavioral techniques to address well-defined and immediate psychological difficulties that might inhibit our deeper work toward more durable and successful treatment outcomes. In selecting techniques, I draw from my training in research-based psychotherapy approaches including:
- Supportive-Expressive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (SE)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Affect Phobia Therapy (APT)
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCP)
- Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
Individual Adult Psychotherapy
Although my master’s degree is in Marriage, Family and Child counseling, I continued my education and training through doctoral work specializing in providing therapy to adults and young adults. At this time, I do not currently accept clients under 14 years of age.
In addition to therapy for common adult treatment issues (see Common Treatment Issues on this page) and personality disorders, I also offer adjunctive therapy for severe and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI).
At this time, a waiting list is forming for a Men’s Issues Group. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact me for a free initial consultation on how this group may benefit your particular circumstance.
Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling
Whether it be alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, gambling, sex, Internet or video games, I provide dependency treatment through an all-purpose recovery approach that encompasses both the rational (AVRT, SMART, SOS) and spiritual (12-Step, AA/NA, Refuge) approaches to compulsive behaviors and preoccupations, but with special consideration of the individual and life circumstance.