My Approach to Helping
I have had excellent training and preparation for our work together. I have an undergraduate psychology degree from University of California at Santa Cruz (1991), A masters degree and Ph.D. from Finch University of Health Sciences The Chicago Medical School (1997), a one year internship in both Behavior Therapy and Behavioral Medicine from Harvard University Massachusetts General Hospital (1996), and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine from University of Chicago (1997).
I am an evidence based practitioner that utilizes research supported interventions toward helping you attain your therapy goals. Areas of expertise include cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and depression- including exposure and response prevention for OCD and other anxiety disorders, and cognitive behavior therapy for improving health outcomes. Through science, expertise, and a bit of humor, the two of us will work together to develop and implement strategies for change. Initially therapy may be somewhat didactic, with a focus on psychoeducation. The objective is then to move to more of a coaching perspective, as you take on more of the role of applying what you have learned. From there, I am happy to let you take the lead as I step back and become a supportive cheerleader. The ultimate goal of therapy is for you to have gained the skills and confidence necessary to move forward on your own (aka- you fire me!). Perhaps a questionable business practice, but one that leads to much therapeutic success!