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.
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
Many frameworks can be used to understand why
we do what we do and how to facilitate change.
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 essential. My
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
We are complex beings with many facets.
Some 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
can be approached, and can happen, in any one or all of these
I have a working knowledge of psychodynamic,
developmental, cognitive-behavioral, systems, and interpersonal
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
Work 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 supervisory roles.
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 in Boston.
Teaching 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 training.
Education: 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 Development.