About My Practice – now retired

Since no one type of psychotherapy works with everyone, I use a variety of techniques and methods to find what will work best for you. My belief is that we are a team in the therapeutic endeavor, which offers a more equal balance of power and decision-making in the direction of our work together. I am an active therapist and a real person. I often recommend books and articles to read, suggest exercise and meditation/relaxation routines, and invite you to become more empowered in changing your life. I may suggest that you consult with a physical health care provider regarding somatic treatments that could help your problems; I refer both to traditional and non-traditional (holistic and Oriental medicine) practitioners, and will be glad to discuss with you the pros and cons of the alternatives. I may suggest that you get involved in a therapy or support group as part of your work with me. If another health care person is working with you, I prefer to have a release of information from you so that I can communicate freely with that person about your care. You have the right to refuse anything that I suggest.

My areas of special training and expertise include couple’s therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – see link), IFS (Internal Family Systems developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, see link), individual and couples psychotherapy with an eclectic, integrative orientation (relational, authentic, feminist/humanist, existential, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and “whatever works”) and consultation to other clinicians. As a former senior supervisor for post-doctoral interns at the Trama Center in Boston (under the direction of Bessel van der Kolk, MD) I supervised the evaluation and treatment of trauma-sequelae disorders and continue to do so in my private practice. I am an EMDR Institute Facilitator (I help train other clinicians in the method), and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. I have done research and published on a number of my areas of interest and have taught and lectured internationally. Below are some of my specialty areas:

My Practice Includes:

Individual psychotherapy:

  • “talking” therapies
  • EMDR
  • IFS-Internal Family Systems
  • performance enhancement
  • resource development

Couple’s psychotherapy:

  • for traditional and non-traditional couples
  • sexual issues
  • parenting issues
  • stepfamily issues
  • divorce and separation

Consultation:

  • to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family counselors
  • in person and by telephone

I treat:

  • an equal number of women and men of every religion, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background
  • anxiety disorders including panic disorder, phobias, PTSD, and acute stress disorder
  • grief and complicated bereavement
  • self-esteem issues
  • depression
  • adult children of alcoholics
  • career issues
  • family of origin issues
  • crises in transitions
  • stresses inherent to life in this millennium
  • general issues of development and growth through the life cycle

Financial information:

I do not direct bill any insurance company. I request that you pay me
on a per-session basis unless we agree to another arrangement. If you
have out-of-network insurance coverage, I will fill out whatever forms
necessary for you to be reimbursed. See my links page for information
on getting insurance benefits to reimburse out-of-network providers.

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