My Approach to Helping
My 30+ years of experience has taught me the importance of making the time to do a good evaluation up front. This involves hearing each client's life story, administering assessment tools, reviewing relevant records, and interviewing other people that my client and I agree should be involved. I believe strongly in evaluating strengths as well as pain, with my feedback emphasizing the former. I also believe in letting my clients know about what research-based treatments are available to them so that we can collaborate in the selection.
I believe in setting measurable goals before beginning, and checking on progress as we go. My intention is to promote healing, wellness, and happiness as quickly and as safely as possible. With child and teen clients, I use a variety of methods to make each person comfortable (e.g., the use of magic tricks) and all of my clients have the choice of getting to know my Portuguese Water Dog Dakota.
More Info About My Practice
I'm an author of two books pertaining to promoting resilience in youth and have a third one in the works for marriages. I'm also a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, serve as an examiner for board certification in clinical psychology, have done hundreds of national media projects and have lead hundreds of trainings for mental health professionals. I also have a blog you can find at while my Twitter feed is Other information about my credentials, awards, and various work products can be found on my website.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I consider myself to be a general practitioner. However, I especially enjoy working with kids, teens, and couples. I also love practicing positive psychotherapy (i.e., how to apply the science of happiness), doing forensic evaluations, and offering presentations and workshops to groups.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
I believe that clinical psychology is the discipline that understands, heals, and advances the human condition. Psychotherapy, when well conceived and conducted, is the practice that applies the best science-based information for accomplishing healing for individuals, couples, and families. It is remarkable to me how transformative it can be (i.e., as a man I'll never give birth, but I've helped to give rebirth more times than I can count or remember).