My style is best described as warm and engaging, and I often hear patients say, "My previous therapist didn't say much, or give me helpful feedback." I consider therapy an exciting, artful, and collaborative opportunity help you have a different experience of yourself and your relationships. Psychotherapy requires a willingness to reflect on yourself, take risks, and doesn't always feel great. However, I promise to remain passionate and creative about our work together, and to create a safe place for you to discover your authentic self.
I studied undergraduate psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and received a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Since 1992, I've provided direct service in a variety of therapeutic settings including community mental health, outpatient psychotherapy clinics (for adults, couples, and families), inpatient psychiatric hospitals (for acute care of adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients), as well as, outpatient substance abuse treatment and recovery programs. In addition to my work with patients, I provide supervision and consultation for other psychotherapists.
How do I work with patients? For starters, I don't think psychotherapy should be mysterious... just effective! I draw from many different theoretical orientations to achieve the goals we'll agree to; however, broadly speaking, I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy in conjunction with evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Although I do not prescribe medication, I have a strong working knowledge of psychiatric medications and consult regularly with psychiatrists and other treating professionals to coordinate care. I welcome any further questions about how I may approach working with your particular concerns.