The therapeutic relationship is a unique one where important relational elements such as empathy, trust, integrity and acceptance are essential. With 31 years of clinical experience I assure you the quality of care, respect, confidentiality and professionalism you deserve.
In my Amherst, NY office I provide individual, couple and family therapy for adults and adolescents (at least 13 years old) around a variety of issues. Please note for adolescents, one or both parents, as appropriate, are required to participate in the initial assessment.Integrated Model of Care: Treatment Approach and Philosophy
My philosophy in working with others is to work within a collaborative relationship, in a way that acknowledges the strengths and competencies of individuals. My work with clients tends to be within a here-and-now orientation. If significant early life experiences impact a client's here-and-now these may also be addressed in our work. I recognize that change is a process and occurs on a continuum or in stages. These stages of change guide the work supporting a very individualized and respectful care plan. I approach therapy with a sense of shared expertise - client and therapist each co-creating successful experience and outcome.
I work within an integrated model of care which is strongly influenced and rooted in Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT), harm reduction, positive psychology, advances in neuropsychology, mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches all of which are now considered mainstream approaches to psychotherapy.
I specialize in the treatment of relationship issues, depression, anxiety and its spectrum disorders, grief and loss issues, including pet loss, lifestyle and its impact on health and wellness (nutrition, exercise, stress management, social support), sexuality concerns (including but not limited to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues, coming out issues, compulsive sexual behavior, gay dads and infidelity), living with chronic illness, HIV/AIDS related concerns, and alcohol and substance abuse.
As appropriate, treatment may also include training in mindfulness meditation and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, Eckhart Tolle, Kristin Neff PhD and Tara Brach PhD. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be effective in helping clients regulate mood, alleviate anxiety and panic symptoms, manage stress, as well as reduce pain and its perception. In short, this approach helps to create the space to deepen self awareness, let go of judgements, allow for self-compassion and greater self-expression.Substance Abuse:
I provide assessment, education, and treatment for substance use for both adults and adolescents within a Harm Reduction model, in a private and confidential setting.