Treatment specialization includes:
- Sexual Addictions
- Couples Counseling
- Personality Disorders including Borderline, Histrionic, and Obsessive-Compulsive
- Parenting Support
- Adolescents & Children
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Depression & Anxiety Issues
- Substance Abuse Recovery
- Minister Misconduct or Crisis
- Consultation with Church Leaders
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for sexual & other addictions and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and work with whole family units. I can provide a comprehensive psychological testing assessment battery that will help you understand many issues in your life. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to individual needs that combines care with challenge so that people can be successful in establishing success in life.
As a licensed clinical psychologist I have been trained to work with deep-seated emotional issues and help people remove the blocks that get in the way of being a happy and successful adult. As an ordained minister I have been trained to allow spiritual elements into the conversation.
This 'hybrid' perspective also allows me to be a consultant with a congregation or church or temple or synagogue or mosque that is dealing with conflict or transitional issues like moving from one size plateau to the next or problems that emerge with pastors in crisis. I am a counselor and therapist to a minister or rabbi or imam who may be involved in crisis or some form of misconduct.
The capacity to have a broad, holistic family systems perspective guides my counseling, psychotherapy, and consultation. Family systems principles look at the whole situation. Systems thinking allows me not to blame individuals but to be strength based and to see how people and groups are interconnected. Often a problem that comes to the surface is only a symptom of a larger problem. Bringing new energy and insight into an established 'system' allows new and creative ways of thinking and problem-solving.
However, for many issues people face there is a need to go deeper into why we function the way we do. Repetitive patterns of behavior, addictions, anger, past trauma, and self-defeating or self-sabotaging actions plague many people and negatively impact countless relationships. For these kinds of personality embedded issues I use an object relations framework developed by W.R.D. Fairbairn and complement this work with Control-Mastery theory (http://controlmastery.org/).
My doctoral dissertation examined the interplay between organizational and clinical psychology by looking at the the problems faced by religious professionals who attempt change in their church, congregation, synagogue, temple or mosque. When conflict comes out (as it usually does when people are asked to change) there are excellent tools available to identify conflict levels and apply conflict-level appropriate interventions to help the organization achieve its goals.