I have over 30 years experience as a therapist. I offer individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults who have ADD/ADHD, addictions, trauma and/or “problems with living.” My ideal client experiences confusion, anxiety and questions his/her place in the world. Shame, guilt and suffering are barriers to living one’s life fully. Long held crippling experiences and beliefs can be changed within the therapeutic relationship to overcome those barriers and provide relief, success and joy.
ADD/ADHD Symptoms of ADD/ADHD often are part of a diagnostic constellation which includes: intellectual giftedness, emotional diagnoses of Bi-polar disorder, anxiety, depression, social phobia and the proclivity for various addictions (food, drugs, alcohol, relationships).
Any of the diagnostic categories described in the “ADD constellation” can be the presenting problem, and the variability of symptoms can be very confusing to the client and significant others when these diagnoses co-exist. During assessment, and ongoing therapy, I keep this larger picture in mind.
I provide educational and family work as a means for parents and spouses to respond more effectively to the problems presented by the client.
TRAUMA I also work with those suffering from trauma, PTSD and the long-term debilitating effects of such trauma. I am trained in EMDR trauma treatment and incorporate it in my work.
FAMILY WORK I provide educational and family work as a means for parents and spouses to respond more effectively to the problems presented by the client. I often work with the entire family system. I provide telephone and text support as necessary,
GROUP WORK I offer groups for men with ADD/ADHD-the challenges of combining work and home life into a manageable framework are often best addressed in a group of men, who, by their nature, are bright and funny and can offer support and experience to each other. I offer groups for teens that have social anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and a lack of social competence. I offer groups for parents who are dealing with children and adolescents.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy treatment developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma. EMDR integrates elements of many traditional psychological orientations and is based on the concept of an Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP). The AIP model hypothesizes that there is an inherent information processing system in the brain that gets blocked when traumatic events occur, causing these events to get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Whenever a reminder of the traumatic event comes up, those pictures, thoughts, feelings, and sensations can be triggered. It is believed that many emotional problems and disorders are manifestations of these unprocessed traumatic memories that are stored in the brain. EMDR works by helping the brain reprocess these traumatic memories, there by alleviating the emotional and psychological disorders. The effectiveness of EMDR is supported by several controlled studies and is the most researched psychotherapeutic treatment for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
EMDR has been used with a wide variety of emotional and psychological problems including PTSD, anxiety, phobias, depression, attachment disorders, etc. Research studies have showed that positive results can be achieved by using EMDR.
I offer sessions weekdays until 8 pm and on Sundays. Sessions typically run 50 minutes, but may run 75 minutes for some intensive or family work. I accept most major medical insurance policies. I have a standard hourly rate but will make rare exceptions.