In what setting do you practice?
I practice in several venues: in my own office next to my home; via telephone; via internet chat, and; via email.
How long have you been practicing?
About 25 years
What are you specialties or areas of clinical focus?
I particularly like the challenge of being a diagnostician, but I enjoy all aspects of counseling and therapy.
What are the most common disorders you treat?
Various disorders that result from the trauma of abandonment, neglect or abuse, particularly PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, victims of narcissists, anxiety, and depression.
Do you have any special certifications or training beyond your original graduate coursework?
Yes. I am an LPCC and have two certifications from the National Board of Certified Counselor: 1) NCC (national certified counselor) and CCMHC (Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor).
How do you approach therapy or treatment?
By listening closely asking appropriate questions, and trying to guide the clients toward appropriate solutions.
Do you use specific modalities, techniques, or interventions? I use Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Some CBT, Existential Approach, and other techniques when appropriate. I am flexible and try to find the best path to the solution.
What ethical and legal issues do you think are the most challenging or common?
Clients who don’t pay their bill when they learn (or I learn) that their insurance does cover my services (happened several times). I just accept the loss.
Do you have an opinion on where you think the field of psychology is heading?
The medical approach (psychotropic meds) versus the psychotherapeutic approach.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Helping others and finding effective approaches since each client is unique.
What advice would you provide an aspiring psychologist or therapist?
Don’t expect to get rich and don’t use your profession in the service of those who will use their ability to diminish freedom of expression and liberty.