I work with clients primarily using a collaborative, strength-based therapeutic approach called Solution-Focused Therapy. Additionally, I may incorporate cognitive-behavioral interventions. I focus on the client's present situation and examine their behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes that may be ineffective or maladaptive for the client and address the changes he/she can make in these areas. As such, my approach tends to be more directive and interactive. I believe that "doing is better than brooding."
Although I may be considered an "expert," I believe that clients generally have the ability to make the necessary changes in their lives. I feel that clients can find solutions to their problems by looking at "what's right," rather than focusing only on "what's wrong." My role as a therapist is to empower clients so that they can find their own solutions to the problems/issues they are struggling with and move forth.
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I am a Florida State Licensed Psychologist (FL License #PY0005714). I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Women's Studies from Pitzer College and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. My professional experience has included positions at various agencies and organizations including university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, and medical and long-term care facilities. I have been in private practice since 1997. In addition to my clinical work, I have conducted in-service workshops/training programs and consultations to organizations on topics such as team-building, working with difficult clients, developing self-esteem, and effective communication strategies. I have also provided clinical supervision and taught courses as an adjunct faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
My clients are individuals and couples who are functioning relatively well in life (e.g., working, going to school/college, managing a household, running businesses, etc.) who have either been faced with a life situation (e.g., relationship/marital conflicts, job loss, financial stressors, work stress, etc.) that they are having difficulty coping with, or they may be feeling stuck in current or past events and want help in moving forward with their lives.