We are confronted with a novel source of anxiety. My first obligation is to assure a safe environment thus I will be working by phone and video until I can guarantee the safety of office visits. Research has supported the effectiveness of telehealth based therapy. And of course in the meanwhile I am available to discuss the unique stresses we all face .
I am a clinical psychologist. My philosophy of professional practice has evolved over 40 years of experience built on a foundation of training in multiple modalities. Being helpful requires empathy as well as objectivity, knowledge and expertise. All are necessary, no one in itself is sufficient. I practice from the point of view that every person is unique. I strive to work with a whole person and not a symptom and recognize that conflicting desires are part of human life. I believe that individuals belong to larger systems - families, groups and organizations – which can have a huge influence on problems and solutions.
I work from a conviction that people are always doing their best but may become stuck in patterns that have outgrown their original usefulness. Complexity is more the rule than the exception. Depending on the person, therapy can be open ended, providing a unique opportunity for personal development or it can be narrowly focused on a specific problem, symptom or issue in a relationship. There are situations in which couples or family sessions make much more sense than individual therapy. I also believe that a therapist should be flexible, ready to use or suggest a combination of approaches but always be supportive and collaborative. The opportunity for expression is crucial as is the therapist’s active listening. There are times when specific interventions or suggestions can be useful can and other modalities, for example meditation, can be integrated into the work. Finally, I am convinced, both by my experience and also the most up to date research, that beyond any technique, intervention, advice or interpretation, the relationship, at many levels, is the key factor in all therapy.