I specialize in the following areas, all of which are related:
- Depression and Anxiety
(These symptoms are often seen together, although we may be more aware of one or the
- Childhood Abuse, Neglect, or missed developmental milestones due to unintentional
(Depression and anxiety are often symptoms of abuse and neglect, particularly in
sensitive, introverted children.)
- Money Issues
(Money issues can include a range of problems, including over-spending, chronic
debting, under-earning, and even good fortune, such as what to do with raises,
bonuses, and sudden inheritance. Money beliefs and behaviors begin in childhood,
and maladaptive beliefs and behaviors can result from abuse and neglect, leading to
depression, anxiety, and other symptoms).
- Sexual Identity and Gender Identity issues
(I believe that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities are not inherently
problems, but result from society’s problem with anything other than male/female
and heterosexual. As a result of being raised with family and/or society judgments,
we often struggle with depression, anxiety, identity problems, and money issues. We
do not seem to reach our full potential until we have worked through these issues.)
There are many ‘techniques’ that can be used to accomplish the goals of therapy. The topic of
therapeutic techniques and approaches is continually discussed in the field of psychology, and
numerous books have been published about ‘evidence-based’ therapies. These discussions and
studies are important and are not to be ignored. At the same time, certain types of therapeutic
techniques lend themselves better to research and research evidence than others; in fact, some
techniques were originally developed as research studies. Despite the current emphasis on
evidence-based techniques, careful analysis seems to come back to the same conclusion over
and over again. The conclusion is this: It is not so much the technique that brings good therapy
outcome, but the therapist who employs the technique.
With that said, I draw on numerous techniques in order to customize your therapy to your style
and your needs. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Dialectical
Behavior Therapy, motivational counseling, trauma therapy, ego state therapy, Developmental
Needs Meeting Strategy, and Jungian depth psychology.
In addition, my background in immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology greatly
informs my practice. I draw on exciting new research about brain structure and function to help
us understand the inter-relationships of physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive elements,
and how they impact you. Knowing how we operate on a neurochemical level helps us to design
interventions that can change unwanted symptoms and behaviors.
Another important aspect of my approach is the influence of the unconscious on our behavior
and emotions. Much of my training in this area has been influenced by the teachings of Carl
Jung. I believe that unconscious processes significantly influence us. If this were not the case,
we would have no internal conflicts, no unexplainable behaviors, and no ‘acting out’ – we’d
all pretty much do what we think we ‘should’ do! Because this is not the case, I turn to depth
psychology to understand and work with the inconsistencies between who we are today and who
we wish to be.
I believe the unconscious holds hidden aspects of ourselves which, when revealed, guide us
toward a level of authenticity and self-actualization that is not possible otherwise. This is what I
mean by the term ‘depth psychology.’ When I work with you, I ask many questions about your
past, not to dwell on old ‘baggage,’ but to understand the important influences that have shaped
your life, and to start the process of revealing beliefs, behavior patterns, body memories, and
unprocessed trauma that remain unconscious.
Unconscious beliefs and unprocessed feelings from the past can manifest in the present as
anxiety, depression, chronic muscle tension, nightmares, anger, chronic illness, low self-esteem,
and a generalized inability to function up to your full potential. By bringing unconscious
material to light and working through it, we have not just a ‘technique’ to manage symptoms, but
hope for a fundamental internal shift that leads to lasting change.