My Background and Approach to treatment

Psychologist

I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas, where I conducted research on how to use positive psychology and theories of personality to help adults establish more rewarding and satisfying lives. I have applied this expertise to the practice of psychotherapy and to helping discriminating professionals optimize their performance through leadership development and coaching. 

I have published multiple book chapters and journal articles on hope, resilience, leadership, and using personality theory in working with psychotherapy clients. As a faculty member in one of the nation’s oldest doctor of psychology programs (Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology), I supervise graduate students in their clinical training experiences and I teach graduate level courses on using developmental theory to create treatment strategies optimally suited to each client’s specific needs.

I help adults gain mastery over their present experiences so that they no longer have to live in fear of their own negative emotions and chaotic environments. I do this by helping them understand that how they typically think, feel, and behave makes perfect sense given their developmental histories. This knowledge then provides a specific roadmap for how to improve relationships and develop greater personal and professional satisfaction. This is not a one-size-fits-all model, so I will help you select the right combination of scientifically supported interventions that will help you reach your goals.

Having completed my pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral studies and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical school, I am trained in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapies and am skilled in the use of mindfulness and solution-focused interventions. I also specialize in helping people with chronic and recurrent depression and anxiety untangle past experiences that keep them from moving beyond old and unworkable behaviors. This same approach is equally applicable to helping couples work through those issues that are keeping them from optimally enjoying their lives together.

I often provide perspective on these issues to the news media. If you are interested in reading more, you can click on the links below.