I have relocated to Humboldt County (Arcata/Eureka/McKinleyville) California and closed my practice office located in south Florida (Sarasota); as such, I am not currently accepting private practice therapy clients. Please contact me only if you are not currently a university student and are looking for private, non-clinical consultation services.
Previously I did work with clients of all ages on a range of issues. Typical topics including depression, anxiety, weight management, addiction, and life purpose. A typical session lasts about 50 minutes or so, and we generally meet once a week at a time that fits both of our schedules. I offer evening hours. If you're interested in scheduling an appointment, click here.
I can work, and have, with just about everyone. That said, there are some special populations I find I work especially well with:
- Adults dealing with significant life changes (e.g. retirement, divorce, illness) and individuals struggling with meaning in life at any point;
- Specific phobias or fears, like: fear of flying or public speaking;
- Anxiety and Depression
- Making difficult behavioral changes, like weight loss or stopping smoking
- Professionals in five select fields that have higher rates of depression and addiction: Lawyers, Healthcare Workers, Financial Advisors & Accountants, Entertainers, and Salespeople
- Conflict Management and Healthy Relationships which can include relationships with co-workers, bosses, children, partners, or others - click here to learn more about my work with couples.
My approach to therapy involves two primary frameworks - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (often called just CBT) and Gestalt Therapy. I combine these two core frameworks with some complementary methods in those occasional cases where they fit for the client or an individual is specifically requesting them.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is an approach to therapy that emphasizes our ability to understand and even change our emotions through understanding our thoughts. Almost without exception, our thought patterns and emotions developed for very good reason in our childhood. Yet, as things in our life have changed, those patterns of thinking may no longer be serving us well. By talking together and exploring how you think we can often understand where feelings are coming from. By developing more useful ways of thinking next, we can often completely change how your mind and body respond emotionally to things that are happening in your life.
- Gestalt Therapy comes from a German word, Gestalt, which means "whole". As described above, my approach is based fundamentally on seeing a person as a whole. Working on each of our parts, perhaps -- our relationships with others, our thoughts and emotions, our struggles and our strengths -- but always together, and in a context. Even inside of our mind, I see each of us as a collection of different interests and mini-voices. When things are going well, all of our parts are on the same page using their diverse talents in harmony towards a common purpose. When things are going wrong, often it's because the parts of ourself are working against each other, rather than together. Helping them come into dialog can help us better understand the problem, and through valuing each part's wisdom together, we can regain the holistic energy to move forward as a more integrated person. Specific techniques like Gestalt dialog (which sometimes involves moving chairs to embody these parts) or even Ego-State Based Therapy (which similar in giving voice to various parts of ourselves) and sometimes help clients connect with all of their parts, and separate what's theirs from the voices they have internalized from others but don't really serve them well.
While they are both a bit heavy on theory (way more than would be interesting or necessary for most clients, I think) those interested in learning a lot more about Gestalt Therapy might appreciate any of these books (these links are to Amazon.com, but I suspect you may be able to find them less expensive elsewhere):
- Global Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice: A Decade of Gestalt!,
- Gestalt Therapy: Practice and Theory,
- Gestalt Therapy: The Attitude & Practice of an Atheoretical Experientialism.