My Approach to Helping
My therapy approach focuses on bringing out the best in you by uncovering and building on your existing strengths (positive psychology). Together we will identify, understand and modify behavior and relationship patterns that don't work for you. If you are in crisis, I will help you regain your equilibrium. I will teach you how to avoid repeating patterns that get in the way of your feeling happy, productive and on-track. I will help you feel better about yourself and your relationships by showing you how to make adjustments in how you think, feel, act and communicate. My therapy style is active, interactive and present. I continually strive to create and maintain an emotionally safe environment. Your progress hinges on it. Your trusting me (and the therapy process) is critical to your success. This doesn't meant that I won't challenge you at times, but you will always know that I am on your side and that I care. I address depression/anxiety, addictions, habits, weight/eating, divorce and other relationship issues. I provide crisis counseling, consultation, short-term and long-term term therapy. I work with all ages in individual, parenting and couples therapy.
More Info About My Practice
I am an integrative clinician incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches to my work with adults and children. I have a background in mind-body medicine, neuropsychology and child psychology.
Neuropsychology uses diagnostic testing to identify brain based issues such as ADHD, learning disabilities or cognitive deficits (sometimes due to head injuries, strokes, heart attacks, or accidents).
A mind-body approach means that I look at the whole person to reduce symptoms (think chronic pain or stress sensitive illnesses). I accomplish this by identifying and calming thoughts, emotions and stressors that contribute to physical pain/illness/discomfort. In this work I use various approaches, including mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, deep relaxation and thinking exercises.
I served as a CSE chair (chairman of special education) for several years and worked extensively within many school districts in several positions over the years as School Psychologist, Child Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and Early Intervention Specialist. I have developed and run groups and seminars (i.e, friendship building, how to manage bullying, coping with test anxiety, and communication skills) and I continue to provide counseling and assessments.
I work closely with parents and my years of experience in helping parents (and teachers) to understand and overcome difficult behaviors in their toddlers and school aged children has given me the ability to make a difference in the lives of children, an incredibly precious reward.
I also love working with teens and young (college age) adults. The structure of this work generally involves less interaction with parents, however joint sessions are sometimes beneficial to the work. This is decided in conjunction with the parents on an individual needs basis. My focus when working with children and families is always to strengthen the parent/child relationship whether the parents are actively involved in sessions or not.
I provide private evaluations and (play) therapy to toddlers and children. Through their play, children reveal what their struggles, worries, difficulties, strengths and needs are. Because children often don't really understand themselves or why they act the way they do, they cannot accurately put into words what is bothering them. Kids do communicate through their actions (art, imaginative play and acting out behaviors). My job as a child psychologist is to interpret accurately the themes of their art, play and actions into concrete and viable data from which to address any multitude of behavior difficulties (from aggression and defiance to separation anxiety, fears/phobias, attention, social/emotional issues, potty or sleep difficulties).
My approach when working with young children always includes regular communication with parents, caregivers and (when appropriate) teachers. My focus stays centered on bringing out the best in your child and strengthening family relationships and especially the parent/child bond. I work using structured and detailed approaches to helping children develop more effective ways of communicating and managing emotions. I also work closely with care givers to offer guidance and structure in how to approach various problem behaviors and personalities types across various ages and stages of development.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
As a professional I stay active and engaged in the field. I read psychology books and journals (daily), I research and review psychology apps, neuroscience and self-help books. This helps me to stay sharp and informed. I have taught numerous seminars and classes which also keeps me focused and up to date. I am currently woking on a book project (which focuses on how to make lasting changes in life).
For me, nothing is more interesting than the mind, spirit and heart. I am fascinated by psychology, I love coming to work everyday and I am deeply motivated and rewarded by the progress I see in each and every person I have the honor of working with.