My Approach to Helping
I take the time needed to really listen to you and to get to know you as the unique person you are. We need to discover exactly what you want to work on, and the specific ways that life hasn't been working for you.
I do not have one "cookie-cutter" approach to psychotherapy, but rather I draw from a variety of theories and techniques: these include Exposure and Response Prevention, EMDR, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, and CBIT.
For example, I use cognitive behavior therapy, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, because that is what the research shows works most effectively and most quickly for OCD. On the other hand, for those who have Depression and Anxiety, I usually use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). These approaches look at underlying issues but also expose you to thoughts and feelings which might have been avoided, in order to give more permanent resolution to symptoms of anxiety and depression. I also use EMDR for the resolution of traumas, both big and small. I find both EMDR and ISTDP helpful in the treatment of Sexual Addiction, which usually involves problems with emotional intimacy.
Sometimes a person seems to have ego-states that get in the way, such as self-defeating parts of self. I may use Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS) to resolve early attachment issues and emotional neglect, so that you can be happier and less stressed.
Hypnosis is also in my repertoire. This allows us to look beyond your consciousness and can help you not only overcome some habits (such as hair-pulling and overeating) but also build up your self-esteem.
I use CBIT for Tourettes and Tics. This method is generally as helpful as medication but without side effects.
More Info About My Practice
I offer a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation to see if we are a "good fit."
I am fully certified in EMDR, Hypnosis, and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (a 3-year intensive core program).
I am a certified school psychologist in Maryland and have 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating children with learning disabilities and ADHD.
I have a certificate from the Behavior Training Institute of the Trichotillomania Learning Center in the treatment of Trichotillomania and other Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders, such as Skin-Picking.
I have a certificate from the Behavior Training Institute of the OCD Foundation for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I completed a Behavior Training Institute of the Tourette Association in the treatment of Tourettes and Tics.
I was trained by the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health in the treatment of Sexual Addiction. I have been treating Sexual Addiction for 20 years, and I only see people for this who are willing to be involved in a 12 step program and seem ready for treatment. If you are ready for treatment, and you stick with it, there is a good chance that you can get recovery.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Of course, meeting a stranger and talking about the details of your life is difficult. But it is also a way forward! We know that therapy does work, generally at least as well as medication, and without the side effects! Psychotherapy is confidential, and I take that seriously. Without confidentiality, you cannot possibly be open in therapy. There are, of course, legal limits to confidentiality, and we will discuss that prior to engaging in therapy.
Most people find me easy to talk to, but beyond that, I have had a lot of training and supervision in psychotherapy, even on a post-doctoral level. I am generally active in psychotherapy, in that I do not just sit back and say "uh huh." I can be fully committed to your growth. But real progress only occurs if you are also fully committed. I realize it may take a few sessions for you to feel safe enough to fully engage.
If you call me, we can try to find out if we are a good fit. If you do come to see me, I suggest that you come to at least 5 sessions. By then, you should start to sense some positive changes. If not, then we can see how we can try a different approach (since I know a variety), or I will try to refer you to someone else.