At a Glance

I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a life-long artist.  I am trained and skilled in a variety of creative therapeutic modalities, which include: expressive arts therapy, sandtray, psychodrama, dream work, play therapy, and Grove metaphor work.  I have also been trained in Gestalt and Somatic Psychology.  As a long-time mediator, your sessions may also include mindfulness and awareness practices. Given my passion for artistic expression, a portion of my practice consists of professional artists of all sorts who seek movement through creative blocks and/or support for creative projects.

I have been in private practice for over 30 years, as well as leading workshops, teaching graduate school, and presenting at conferences.  Building on a solid foundation of traditional therapeutic technique and intuitive wisdom, I use dynamic and creative approaches to move beyond the realm of cognitive insight.  Insight is not enough; understanding needs to reflect itself in one’s being and echo throughout one’s life.

Experience

I am an internationally certified EMDR therapist and consultant, and facilitate trainings throughout the United States.  EMDR is a powerful and effective approach designed to help you move through issues in significantly less time than conventional therapeutic modalities.  EMDR is particularly effective for past or recent traumas (including accidents and surgery), grief, stuck relationship patterns, self-limiting beliefs or behaviors, addiction (especially process addiction, which includes food, sex, gambling, work, etc), performance, self-esteem, and stepping into one’s personal power and clarity.

What to Expect

I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and children in ages ranging from 4 to 83.  At best, therapy is a collaborative effort; pace, frequency, and style of working are mutually agreed upon and evolve as your needs change.  My skill base spans a wide variety of issues, and my style of working is interactive and results-based.  Newer neurological research has shown that the traditional fifty minute session per week is not optimum for substantive change, so it is my custom to assign homework at the close of each session so that, if you choose, you can leverage the work we do by continuing the process during the week.  This homework is optional.

Periodically, individuals sense that they could benefit from some help but are not clear on how to articulate their concerns and don’t know how to proceed or where to go.  If you feel that this in any way describes you, I also offer a one- to three-session consultation service.  This service is designed to help you gain an understanding of your issues and enhance your ability to clearly articulate them.  We will create a personalized treatment plan for you, which will include addressing, if necessary, multiple needs (such as emotional, health, and career issues, among others).  I will then refer you to personally vetted practitioners, including psychotherapists, coaches, or other health professionals, as well as personal growth venues, to assist you in achieving your stated goals.  Should further questions arise for you, or if you need to look at changing direction, I offer followup sessions or phone calls.

If you have any questions about how my services may be helpful for you, please feel free to reach out to me directly.