After 4 years in the Marines, I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology at S.U.N.Y. Brockport. My main interest was the effect of chronic stress on pain, eating disorders and other medical conditions. I completed my Master’s and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. There I focused on the connection between stress, depression, and headache, but also on the healing effects of belonging to a group. While I’ve been independently licensed since 2001, in 2005 I returned to an educational setting for a year-long fellowship in Health Psychology, focused on addressing the impact of chronic health conditions such as pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, among others.
My areas of experience and specialty are:
1. Trauma, grief, & loss (e.g., victim of a crime, death of a loved one, new medical diagnosis)
2. Adverse childhood experiences (physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect; bullying)
3. Relationship problems (initiating, maintaining, or letting go)
4. Resiliency building (applying past experiences to current or future challenges / performance enhancement)
5. Psychophysiological relaxation techniques (hypnosis, autogenics, PMR, guided imagery)
6. Active Duty Servicemembers & Vets (I served 4 yrs AD USMC, 16 yrs USAF, worked at an MTF the last 6 yrs)
7. Chronic medical conditions (insomnia, pain, diabetes, cancer, mild traumatic brain injury)
8. Addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, porn, co-dependency)
9. Discrimination (sexual harassment, racism, sexism, ageism)
10. Recovered memories
My style of therapy includes a combination of altering memories of past negative events and rehearsing more effective ways of coping with current and future challenges. This typically will use your positive memories of past successes, people who cared about you, encouraged, coached or mentored you, or your highest values and beliefs. While most clients already possess the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to recover, heal, and thrive, occasionally we may need to work together on communication, staying present, or changing some aspect of your behavior – sleeping, exercising, or loving more, for example.
My main approach to therapy is that “the client knows best.” You know what hurts. You know your goals, your dreams, your values. I won’t impose mine. I will listen in a non-judgmental way to what you’ve been through, where you are at in life, and where you want to go. I hope you feel validated and affirmed. You’re the judge as to whether you are healing, growing, thriving. Let’s look for the way together.