I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety and depression in adults. I use modern cognitive-behavioral methods that have sound research behind them.
I received my Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed an internship at Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine, and a research fellowship at Vanderbilt University. I have been working in the field of psychology for over 20 years, using only evidence-based approaches proven to improve mental and emotional well-being.
I am trained in a broad range of behavior therapies, family therapies, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and various methodologies within the broader behavioral research. What does all that mean for you? It means that I take a practical and active approach to immediately assessing what is affecting your life negatively. I introduce solutions to you very early on in your treatment. I am constantly assessing your progress, and checking in with you through the use of a “dashboard” reflecting your specific mental and emotional improvement.
How do I believe lives improve?
I believe that in most cases people’s lives improve by setting a series of realistic goals, and then conquering those goals. My approach is behavioral, and has a very strong foundation in decades of clinical research.
My methods are action oriented. You will not be lying on a couch discussing your childhood. You will however be working with me to understand the best approach to helping you feel better. I will set a course for your treatment in the first several sessions. And we will work together to adjust that course as results come in.
As a cognitive-behavioral psychologist I believe in the importance of setting measurable goals. My clients know exactly what improvement means for them, and we evaluate that improvement every week. I use the analogy of a personal dashboard. Imagine individualized goals that are critical to feeling better set in front of you as you go through life. We celebrate the improvement of those goals. And if one of your goals is not being met, we address your needs and adjust our approach to that goal.
In our sessions we will discuss your relationships, daily routines, challenging habits, and overall motivation in life. My focus is always on early improvements to build momentum toward accomplishing your goals. I do not embrace an approach that has clients with me for years. Most modern research shows that this is seldom necessary or productive.
You will never see me embracing the fads that are introduced to psychology practices almost every year. I do not try out new techniques that have not been validated with strong evidence. Your time is too precious to have a psychologist experiment with you. Unfortunately, it is common to see psychologists using methods that have no solid research, but sound seductive in their promises to cure patients.
I believe strongly in a client having clear benchmarks for what it means to be “better.” For some those are personal examples of what it means to no longer be so depressed. For some they are personal examples of what they could accomplish with lower anxiety. Some describe what it means not to feel stuck in life. Others reference what they would like to accomplish within a relationship. These benchmarks are critical to setting goals. They are real life hopes that are made concrete and obtainable as we work toward them. This practical approach toward obtaining the life that you want is the cornerstone of my clinical practice.
Whether you are seeking relief from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or any number of problems life presents, my goal is to give you hope and specific tools to manage what you are struggling with.
We will work collaboratively on understanding the source of your problems, and develop specific goals for relief. Very soon in the therapeutic process you will understand how specific behaviors impact your sense of well-being. We will evaluate weekly how your goals are progressing, and build skills to support ongoing improvement.