My office is in the North End Wellness Building, a nicely remodeled 1900s home at 1310 W. Hays St.  Please come in the waiting room and press the button to let me know you have arrived.  Parking is allowed for 1.5 hours in front of the office building.  

My practice

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY

My practice is based on my desire to connect with others and help them create better lives for themselves. The philosophy that guides my counseling is that all people have the capacity for personal growth and healing.  It is common for people to want to better their lives, but they are unsure how to accomplish this endeavor. Oftentimes people try numerous strategies with varying degrees of success, but end up finding themselves feeling frustrated and alone.  I work collaboratively with people, helping them develop the courage and insight necessary to discover their own path to healing. I believe that, through this psychological process, therapy tends to be a very positive and rewarding experience for my clients.

QUALIFICATIONS

I have gained extensive experience by treating persons in numerous settings, such as the following:

  • 20 plus years providing counseling and various forms of therapy

  • Taught undergraduate and graduate college level psychology courses

  • EMDR Certified Therapist

  • Rapid Resolution Therapy Certified Therapist

  • Working with adolescents in a wilderness therapy program

  • Facilitating many therapeutic groups and psychoeducational workshops

  • Treating persons with various addictions; including drug, alcohol, food, and sex addictions

Areas of specialization

  • Rapid Resolution Therapy

  • EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Reduction

  • Anger Management

  • Addiction (most types)

  • Healing Past Pain, Trauma, and Abuse

  • Marital/Couples Counseling

  • Sexual/Intimacy Coaching

  • Most Life Challenges

  • Improving Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

  • Assertiveness and Communication Training

  • Sleep Disorders

   For more information about these areas of specialization click here.

services

Individual Counseling

I work with my clients to accurately assess the level of care and focus of treatment they need. I tend to be very active in the therapy process of connecting with my clients and I help them find and implement solutions to their problems. For specific issues, I provide short-term therapy. In these situations, I work as effectively as possible to help my clients quickly build the strategies and tools to resolve their difficulties. However, some persons have deeper, more complex issues in their lives that require longer-term therapy. In these instances, I help my clients gain insight into the reasons behind their conditions, create a safe environment to talk about their issues, and help them to incorporate solutions and transform their lives in a healthier way. As a psychologist, my approach tends to be very active, collaborative, supportive, and solution focused. I believe that people have the capacity to heal themselves and that my role is to help create conditions for the person to succeed in their endeavor.

Relationship Counseling

It is quite common for people to care very deeply for one another and want the relationship to succeed, but they keep finding themselves returning to the same blocks that keep them from achieving this. I help couples identify the factors that are keeping them stuck, teach them more effective relationship and communication skills, and work on helping them to regain what initially brought them together. Areas that I will assist couples with include:

  • Regain and enhance the bond, respect, and affection in the relationship

  • Improve communication and conflict resolution skills to help you more effectively work through the problems you keep facing

  • Help the relationship to heal and grow, while increasing your overall satisfaction and love you feel for one another

Adolescent Therapy

I have found a lot of enjoyment counseling adolescents, generally make quick connections with them, and see significant progress in their ability to cope effectively with their world. My goal is to help adolescents identify patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are related to current difficulties and help them replace these with more effective strategies. Because adolescents are usually not self-referred for therapy, often much of the early work is focused on establishing a trusting relationship and helping them understand how they can personally benefit from our meetings. I also work with parents on understanding their child’s behavior as well as teaching them more effective coping strategies and parenting skills to help them assist their child.

 

Clinical Supervision

I have coordinated and developed clinical training programs as well as taught classes and workshops on clinical supervision for counselors and psychologists. I have a developmental approach to clinical supervision, working with the supervised clinician at his or her particular level of needs and experience. I find clinical supervision to be a very rewarding and exciting experience for my supervisees and myself.

Workshops, classes, and consultation
One of the roles that I thoroughly enjoy as a psychologist is that of teacher and mentor. I have received consistent positive feedback on the quality of my workshops and classes. Some of these include:

  • Trauma: Conceptualization and Treatment of PTSD

  • Understanding Sexual Assault and Abuse

  • Coping with Depression and Anxiety

  • Men, Relationships, and Sexuality

  • Clinical Supervision

  • Ethics

  • Stress and Time Management

  • Sleep Disorders

INSURANCE COVERAGe

I am “fee for service” psychologist and fees are paid at time of service.  However, depending on your out-of-network insurance coverage, you may be able to receive some reimbursement for your counseling sessions.  I am more than happy to have my billing manager submit your claims to your insurance company as an out-of-network therapy provider to help reduce your costs.  If you would like this service, my billing manager will submit all of your sessions to your insurance company for you.  Your insurance company will mail you a check for any portion of our counseling sessions that are covered by your plan.  As far as payment goes, I only accept payment at time of service in the form of cash, check, or HSA cards.

 

HOURs

I typically see clients Monday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

FORMS

Paper work necessary for treatment may be downloaded and completed:

Click here to download Adult Intake Packet.

Click here to download Adolescent Intake Packet.