Psychotherapy focuses on
restoring perspective and building confidence in
addressing life’s challenges.
My approach is interactive, collaborative,
and based on an appreciation of each person's
creative potential. Through asking questions,
sharing knowledge and observations, and getting
feedback, we work towards self-discovery and
understanding. Together we focus on clarifying goals
and identifying effective ways to meet them.
Psychotherapy involves recognizing and addressing
patterns, expectations, or beliefs that may have
been helpful in the past but are now interfering
with moving forward.
Barriers are removed, and strengths are
identified and fostered, becoming the foundation for
new ways of approaching things.
theoretical grounding is drawn from a variety of
perspectives, not committed to a single approach to
all clients or needs.
I strive to be flexible and to focus on what
will work. My
expertise includes insight-oriented approaches,
cognitive-behavioral therapy, systems therapy, play
therapy, and EMDR.
Many frameworks can be used to
understand why we do what we do and how to
They vary in terms of what is seen as most
important, how this was discovered, and to what
degree insight and/or action are considered
approach to psychotherapy is based on multiple
sources of data, multiple perspectives on
motivation, and an appreciation of the usefulness of
both insight and experiential approaches to change.
We are complex beings with many
of our needs are universal; others are unique.
Our needs change during our lifetimes.
When the goal is to make change, whether in
thinking, feeling, or behavior, it is important to
explore and understand the role of emotions,
cognitions, body, behavior, and context.
Our understanding of these things can be
enriched by the research findings in human
development, human behavior, and neurobiology.
Change can be approached, and can happen, in
any one or all of these areas.
I have a working knowledge of
psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive-behavioral,
systems, and interpersonal perspectives.
I believe that psychotherapy works best when
there is an appreciation of the whole person, when
the perspective is based on what is most helpful for
this person at this time, and when the methodology,
whether insight oriented or experiential, is based
on the goals and what works.
To this end, I am comfortable with an
approach that flexibly moves between working on
understanding and working on concrete change.
Experience: I have been in private
practice since 1993.
For seven years prior to opening my private
practice, I was on the staff at Bradley Hospital in
East Providence, Rhode Island providing clinical
services and filling various management and
From 1978 to 1986, I was on the staff at
McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts providing
clinical services, supervising trainees, and
administering a postgraduate training program.
My first position after graduate school was
in the mental health program of the Bunker Hill
Health Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital
Experience: Over the years I have taught
courses for graduate students in social work at
Boston College, Smith College, and Simmons College.
Course topics include clinical practice with
adults; treatment of children, adolescents, and
families; intervention in psychiatric emergences;
and assessment and treatment of adults who have
experienced psychological trauma.
I am currently a part time faculty member at
Boston College and a Clinical Assistant Professor in
Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry and
Human Behavior, where I teach child psychiatrists in
I received my masters in social work (MSW) from
Simmons College in 1976.
I returned to the doctoral program at Smith
College and received my Ph.D. in 1990.
My internships during graduate school focused
on evaluation of and psychotherapy with children,
adolescents, and adults. My first year clinical internship was at Framingham Youth
Guidance Center, and my second year internship was
at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. My
undergraduate degree is from Tufts University, where
I studied in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child