About Me – and now retired!

I am a clinical psychologist. I began “working” in the field at the age of 13, as my family’s “mediator.” Since then, my success rate has improved significantly! In 1975 I received a Master’s Degree in Social Work and maintained a private psychotherapy practice in downtown Boston for over a dozen years. In the mid-‘80s, I returned to school and received a Doctorate in Psychology. My philosophy and orientation as a psychologist have been informed by over 30 years of experience, education, my own life experiences, and most significantly, by the feedback I have received (and continue to welcome) in working with my patients. I use the word “patient” because of its meaning in the Greek language: one who suffers. My desire is to help people feel better, suffer less, lead more fulfilling and productive lives, enjoy deeper and more intimately connected relationships. To that end, my approach is eclectic, not a one-size-fits-all. I believe that when you enter my office and we agree to work together, the operative word is together. We are a team. Someone once shared with me that ‘you don’t have to be sick to get better.’ I believe that’s true. I also believe that people come by their problems honestly. Working together in therapy, I try to help my patients solve their problems with the same sincerity and integrity with which they come to me for help. I love my work and feel both lucky and grateful for this gift.

This website was created in response to the many calls and emails I have received over the past 20+ years regarding my “Common Responses to Trauma and Coping Strategies” handout available all over the web (see Educational Materials). And more recently, in response to my work with best-selling author Maggie Scarf, as described in her book, “Secrets, Lies, Betrayals: The Body/Mind Connection, How the body holds the secrets of a life, and how to unlock them” (Random House, 2004).

I have included numerous articles on this website that I use in my daily practice, with the belief that knowledge is powerful. Some I wrote myself, and some have citations from other clinicians. Please feel free to download, copy, and disseminate anything from this site. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any further information.