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Clinical Specialties

House with liliesI consult only with individuals who are over the age of 18. My 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 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 help modulate emotions and 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, although currently do not direct any weekly groups.

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