I successfully treat individuals and couples who are in distress, often when their life circumstances have changed. I attempt to help them understand and then alter the factors that interfere with their functioning. Sessions with me frequently focus on problematic relationships because so many problems stem from issues in current and past relationships. Furthermore, regardless of what causes problems, we are often empowered to address them when we have support from others. In sessions, I strive to be warm, non-judgmental, and, when needed, verbally interactive, to foster the emotional safety and confidentiality that are essential for honest, productive self-examinations.
My unique perspective derives from two doctoral degrees and careers - 20+ years in biomedical research and now 15+ years in psychotherapy. I use my understanding of how feelings, thoughts, and actions result from an interaction between our experiences and biology (health, genetics, medications) to help people regain control and stability.
My broad training also give me the expertise to treat a wide spectrum of mental health conditions and to consult effectively with other medical professionals. I also have advanced training in two forms of couples therapy: Relational Life Therapy (RLT) and Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT).