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Clinical Specialties

House with liliesMy clinical specialties include the psychological assessment and psychotherapy with men and women with affective disorders (depression, or uni-polar, and bipolar disorder), women with post-partum depression, and people with the complicated effects of trauma (PTSD). I have a Federal contract with Tricare, and am trained in VA best-practices to treat active duty service members, veterans of all combat operations, and their families.

I consult with individuals who are over the age of 18.

I was trained in the early 1970’s in the physiology and neurology of human development as a pediatric nurse practitioner; so as a clinical psychologist I have varied experience in how and why we humans behave in the ways that we do. I have had many years of experience in in-patient hospital practice and work with people who have chronic mental illness.

Psychotherapy style
My clinical training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy and the cognitive-behavioral strategies to modulate behavior. I consider psychotherapy to be a therapeutic relationship between you and me. Together, we investigate what things in life are working for you, and which aren’t; and sort through the "how come" of it all, so that you have more knowledge about yourself and increased freedom to make informed choices. As an educator in human development, I do not lead in your process of discovery, but encourage curiosity and investigation. I ask and invite questions, and have a responsibility to share with you my own observations and thoughts as we work together during the psychotherapy process. I am a certified group psychotherapist. I direct one weekly group for women thirty-five to 80’s who struggle with their individual development vis-a-vis relationships with others: family, friends, and work. The focus is interpersonal and psychodynamic; a process used to understand themselves, discover why they behave in the ways that they do, and examine the parts that they play in relationships with other people. Some members in this group may have a history of depression or bipolar disorder. Over time, people who have gay relationships have also been members in this group.

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