I've been practicing psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist in Santa Monica for over twenty years, helping adults, adolescents, and couples deal with a multitude of psychological issues. My specialty is in-depth therapy, but I also provide cognitive-behavioral therapy designed specifically for anxiety disorders, and facilitate groups on parenting, divorce, and single motherhood.
Rather than being wedded to one way of working, I combine my training in depth psychology---which will help you see beneath the surface of your behaviors---with new research in cognitive-behavioral therapy, which will help you develop new habits. You can learn more about both kinds of therapy in "The Idea That Wouldn't Die," in the articles section of this site, as well as in the section labeled "deciding."
My current and past local professional affiliations include Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, the Wright Institute, the Association of Child Development Specialists, Los Angeles Child Development Center, and the Graduate Center for Child Development. My post-doctoral training is extensive, particularly in the areas of attachment, separation, and loss.
This background in human development, beginning with childhood, helps me not only to understand adolescent behavior, but also to see my adult patients in the context of their whole lives. Lest you think that what I offer consists only of what is sometimes called "navel-gazing," or "wallowing in the past," you should know that, with adolescnts and adults, much of the work we do together relates to addressing the challenges of everyday decision-making, and to developing practical tools to help in getting through life.
However, to use a term from a popular commecrcial, gaining an awareness of the early relationships and experiences that have made you who you is priceless. Only this method helps inform your reactions to the situations you confront today---whether it's the aftermath of a divorce, longstanding or recent depression or anxiety, or especially, relationship problems. There's almost no debate---your family was your "college of relating."
The Art of Psychotherapy
If asked what sets my practice apart from some others, I'd say that it's my capacity to understand what will work best for you, your adolescent, or you and your partner----this is part of the art of doing therapy. I think of psychotherapy not as as a one-size-fits-all endeavor, but ideally as one that reflects your own unique needs.
What You'll Find
On this site you'll find information about my work with diverse groups: parents, executives, and artists, among them. An outgrowth of having helped so many people in so many different walks of life is that learning about their various fields, roles, and avocations has familiarized me with a variety of lifestyles.
You can also return here in the future to find something new in one of the informational sections or ask questions that may have occurred to you. Some sections contain links to articles I think you'll find helpful, other mental health community resources, and a section I update regularly to share some of my thoughts on issues of psychological interest.
Chances are something you read in this section will provide information about a dilemma you have or problem you've been confronting. If you're new to therapy, perhaps it will give you a better idea of how therapy can help you address your situation.
The information here should help demystify this process somewhat, and add to your understanding of how different forms of therapy work.
More Specific Information
If you're unsure about what will work best for your particular situation, don't hesitate to ask, using the means of communication available here that's most comfortable and convenient for you.
You can go to the "contact me" page and ask your question in the brief form there; send an email, or telephone. As you read ahead, the information here may cause you to think about some things you haven't before, so you may have some questions that need answering before you can make a decision about what's best for you.