I enjoy working with individuals and couples from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. In the last 30 years I have coached corporate executives, consulted with physicians, and worked with adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy.
My approach is eclectic. I draw on different theoretical perspectives, primarily cognitive behavioral, psychoanalytic and systems theory to find the "best fit" for one's particular problems, strengths, and desire for change.
Psychotherapy is a dynamic interactive process which encourages a greater "range of motion" in one's thoughts, feelings and behavior. The goal is less conflict, and more success and enjoyment in relationships, career, and leisure. I trained at the San Francisco VA Hospital, and was Director of a nonprofit chemical dependency program in Fresno. I was on staff in the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Kaiser, and the psychologist for Levi Strauss and Company's EAP, before opening a private practice in 1988.
The field of psychology has changed much in the last 30 years. We now have a greater understanding of how our brain influences behavior and vice versa. Much of what Freud believed was true at the turn of the last century, but we now have neuroscience to explain, and more effective strategies for treatment. We understand problems like addiction, from alcohol to pornography, and anxiety disorders from panic and PTSD to OCD better than ever before. There is more research to support our understanding of what makes relationships work or not, and how to treat these issues effectively. This is a great time to be hopeful and to make a change.