My Approach

Your life can be more fulfilling if you pay close attention to how you feel, improve the existing relationships in your life, and feel integrated with the people in your environment. It is that simple.

The goal of my work is to help you feel your best in the present. My approach is to use a custom blend of the treatment modalities that I have acquired through 25 years of professional practice. The modalities we use will be uniquely tailored to your particular needs, based on what your symptoms are and where you are in your lifecycle.

My style is warm and relational; I will listen carefully and offer thoughts and observations to help you. I will work with you to create a healthy relationship in your therapy, so that you can take this experience and use it in your relationships outside of therapy.

Treatment Approaches:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
In psychodynamic psychotherapy you work to develop insights into how your current symptoms have emerged out of relationships in your past. You grow to understand how aspects of your current behavior are manifestations of your ongoing response to these prior events.

The goals of treatment include an increase in self-awareness, including how your past effects the present; an ability to maintain healthier relationships within yourself and with others; and a happier existence in the present. We may also discuss how the dynamics of your relationship with me might mimic other relationships in your life, so that you can create lasting change in all your relationships.

Systems Theory/Interpersonal Therapy
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

You live your life among groups of people with whom you are deeply interconnected: family, co-workers, neighbors, friends, and people in your communities.

Often, the symptoms that you experience within yourself are the result of breakdowns in these interconnected relationships: communication problems, unspoken dynamics between two or more people that need to be addressed, or even larger breakdowns in the social systems as a whole.

The goals of treatment consist of increased awareness and communication within these systems. You will notice that symptoms will lessen, you will be able to develop more successful coping strategies, and you will be able to communicate in healthier ways.

Mind/Body Connections
Your mind and your body are intertwined. Emotional stresses in your life can take a toll on your physical body, and physical vulnerabilities can affect the way that you think about yourself and cope with your environment.

I teach a number of mind/body techniques, including relaxation exercises, visualization exercises, and stress reduction techniques. Many of my clients worry that they won’t be able to master these skills when, in fact, they are quite easy to achieve with practice and instruction.

I will teach you to listen to your body. You will learn a variety of useful techniques, including breathing exercises, guided imagery, and hypnotherapy. Additional treatment goals include paying closer attention to your daily schedule, such as getting good sleep, observing proper hygiene, and increasing your appreciation of your day-to-day life. These practices will help you access greater control over your mind and body.

Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy
How you think about things governs how you feel emotionally and physically. Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term treatment modality that will help you change your thinking process in order to have a more optimistic outlook, enhance your mood, and make changes in your behaviors to become a healthier person.

I will teach you to pinpoint the negative thoughts that prevent you from behaving in productive ways, and as a result, you will be able to achieve your goals. Your depression and anxiety will diminish as you gain more acceptance of yourself as you are. This can be accomplished in either short-term or long-term therapy.

Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is simply a deep state of relaxation and focused attention. While doing hypnosis you will feel more comfortable in your body, suprised by your ability to use your own internal resources which can help you re-learn more effective ways of thinking and feeling. As a result, your past, present, and future will be more positive.

You can see me for hypnosis to combat a particular issue while you are working with another therapist, or I might suggest using hypnosis as one component among many in your individual therapy with me.

I also provide supervision to clinicians on the use of hypnosis, and teach internationally at major hypnosis conferences.

Footprintings™:
Footprintings™ is a dynamic new treatment approach that I have assisted in creating and teaching. It is an effective method to work with parts—or ego states—and to help resolve relationship difficulties.

Clients simply choose color Footprints to represent and explore different parts of themselves (ego states) or to represent unresolved dynamics with other people. This is a powerful and quick process that shifts experiences, insights, and feelings. I often use this in conjunction with psychotherapy and hypnosis. Clients who use Footprintings are surprised by the positive treatment outcome, and clinicians utilize it as a therapeutic tool to make treatment shorter, powerful and lasting.

For more information, please visit: www.footprintings.com.

SPECIALTIES

My style is warm and relational. I often stress to my clients that a major source of happiness is the relationships in our lives. I am likely to encourage you either to work on your existing relationships or to create new ones. You will experience a new sense of purpose and meaning as a result.

I will also provide referrals, as needed, to other mental health professionals, medical providers, and to all kinds of people whom you might benefit from knowing. I work hard at networking and maintaining a database of people I know in order to make these referrals to you. I also enjoy making referrals to mental health professionals if my clients need another treatment modality or if someone in your family could benefit from therapy.

Treatment Modalities

Individual Psychotherapy:
As an individual, you will progress through a series of developmental stages throughout your lifespan. I will work closely with you to address these specific needs, and will prepare with a customizedtreatment plan for other issues you are facing.

SPECIALIZING IN:

  • Physical Pain
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • HIV
  • End-of-life Issues
  • Enhancing Creativity
  • Peak Performance
  • Sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Increasing Motivation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-polar Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Compulsivity and Addiction
  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction/Recovery
  • GLBT
  • Family Discord
  • Work Stress

Couples Therapy:

I work with couples to identify the subtle yet powerful stresses that impact their relationships on a daily basis.

Whether these stresses take the form of a breakdown in communication, financial or family problems, or infidelity, I will help you to foster greater communication so that resentments diminish and the bond between you becomes even stronger.

I might use specific exercises geared towards listening to each other, or I might have each partner focus on their own feelings and responses to each other.

I will encourage you to spend leisure time together and may assign work for you to do as a couple between visits.

For couples contemplating a break-up, I will work with you to determine the best course of action for the two of you. If you decide to end the relationship, I will have you focus on ending the relationship as productively as possible.

Group Therapy and Support Groups:
I have led a variety of ongoing psychotherapy groups, support groups, psycho-educational groups, and supervision groups, have run a group program in a mental health facility, and have developed various group formats during the past 25 years. I have also consulted with human service agencies on groups and taught at group psychotherapy conferences internationally.

I lead psychotherapy groups that are general in nature and that focus on the interpersonal issues between people. I lead support groups that focus on specific topics for which people require support. Psycho-educational groups, in contrast, offer a combination of support and information regarding the topic of the group.

I lead each type of group by providing a safe yet communicative atmosphere that is open and accepting. I tend to be interactive while leading groups and try to generate a deep level of respect among participants. People often comment on how their group feels like being with an ideal family.

The experiences from being in a group will provide you with increased awareness in your interactions with others so that your relationships in your day-to-day life will improve significantly.

I have led a variety of ongoing psychotherapy groups, support groups, psycho-educational groups, and supervision groups, have run a group program in a mental health facility, and have developed various group formats during the past 25 years. I have also consulted with human service agencies on groups and taught at group psychotherapy conferences internationally.

I lead psychotherapy groups that are general in nature and that focus on the interpersonal issues between people. I lead support groups that focus on specific topics for which people require support. Psycho-educational groups, in contrast, offer a combination of support and information regarding the topic of the group.

I lead each type of group by providing a safe yet communicative atmosphere that is open and accepting. I tend to be interactive while leading groups and try to generate a deep level of respect among participants. People often comment on how their group feels like being with an ideal family.

The experiences from being in a group will provide you with increased awareness in your interactions with others so that your relationships in your day-to-day life will improve significantly.