About Me

I think everyone deserves a chance to feel better. I work with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and groups. My office door is open to everyone. One of my specialties is working with people in the “creative community” as I have spent 30 years in the entertainment industry, working on everything from feature films to Emmy Award-winning television. See the Creative Community page for more information.

 

When I was young I was torn between the film industry and psychology. I chose the film industry and enjoyed 30 years of working on projects I only dreamed about and worked with people I hoped to meet. I always said to myself that when the day came that I felt I had my fill of the film industry, I would shift gears and get my degree in clinical psychology and work as a psychotherapist. Well that day came and years later here I am and here you are.

I’m a big fan of the quote by novelist William Faulkner, “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” When we attempt to block out memories or avoid issues from our past and say to ourselves, “I just won’t think about it,” or block it out in some other way, more often those unresolved issues come back to haunt us and re-appear in other ways. As the quote suggests, problems can follow you around from childhood and all throughout adulthood. If we don’t deal with our problems, our problems will deal with us. These problems can get in the way of your relationships, careers, dreams, desires, and have an affect on how we go about living our lives and assist in derailing the person we really are and want to be.

A word about LMFTs.

The focus of licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT’s) is helping people to achieve more productive lives and relationships.

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists have significant psychotherapy training and practical client experience working one on one. LMFTs are also relationship specialists, who help clients elevate their communication functionality and productivity to achieve healthier relationships.

 

We:

 

  • assess, diagnose and treat clients disconnected from their relationships as well as any associated mental disorders.
  • practice early crisis intervention and brief, solution focused psychotherapy to lessen symptoms and help to resolve problems.
  • provide stability, perspective and guidance for clients struggling through their life issues and working to solve their problems.

Theoretical Orientation

Everyone is different and so are my approaches. Theoretical orientations vary among psychotherapists, so let me tell you about mine: I have studied and practiced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Language Systems Therapy, Contextual Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Object Relations, Psycho-educational Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strategic Therapy and Structural Therapy, among others, and use them as clients needs warrant.

Response to 9/11

I was in New York on 9/11/2001 and my response to that terrible day was to found Team Twin Towers, a non-profit organization dedicated to: a) building tall again; b) the return of an iconic structure back to lower Manhattan better than before; and c) creating an appropriate memorial. The organization succeeded in all its goals. Our greatest accomplishment, however, was neither a stated nor sought-after goal: Team Twin Towers became a focal point for many 9/11 victim families, and for more than 10 years they worked closely with us to spread our message and we in turn were able to provide another level of support and proactive healing. What Team Twin Towers did still stands as my proudest accomplishment, personal or professional, private or public.

Everyone deserves a chance to feel better…