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My Approach

Families are a good source of strength but they can also get stuck in unproductive patterns of behavior and interaction which are challenging to change.  I help families break these difficult cycles by working with them to identify goals and establish plans and milestones to achieve them.


I apply over 25 years of experience with individual, couple, and family counseling as I empower struggling couples and families facing marital issues, divorce, anxiety, depression, and children or adolescents with self-destructive behaviors or ADD/ADHD as well as many other mental health issues.  I also specialize in treating children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorders and involve family in the treatment plan.


After intensive post-graduate study at several psychotherapy institutes, I focus my approach using the principles of Structural Family Therapy. I often work with families and couples who meet with me as a last resort, having tried other approaches to therapy.  My approach integrates gaining an understanding of family strengths as well as addressing patterns that create difficulty.  Structural Family Therapy assumes that families can create lasting change and this typically results in a short time in therapy.


I continually refine my therapeutic skillset.  In addition to my work with individuals, couples, and families, I advise and train other therapists as well as lecture at hospitals and universities and bring this experience back to my practice.  I serve on the Board of Directors for the Minuchin Center for the Family and contribute to the ongoing development and instruction of Structural Family Therapy training. 

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