I do couple therapy for both married and premarital couples, including gay couples, and I do adult individual psychotherapy. I do not work with children or adolescents.
I claim expertise in the three areas in which I have published: depression, alcoholism, and marital therapy.
Through my volunteer work at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Suvivors of Torture, I have gained
much experience in the treatment of post-traumatic disorders, and over the years I have treated the full range of
anxiety disorders, including panic attack disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
My approach to treatment is present-oriented, problem-focused, short-term, and active--active in two
senses: First, I engage with the client and direct the course of the conversation in directions I think
will be productive, rather than remaining mostly silent as many traditional therapists do. Second, all
the therapy I do is based on homework assignments that the client is expected to complete between sessions.
(For those acquainted with alternative approaches to psychotherapy, I offer the following more technical description
of my approach: I was trained as a behavior therapist. Although not philosophically behavioral anymore--I now consider
myself more of an experiential therapist--I am still operationally behavioral. I am experiential (i.e., cleint-centered, Rogerian)
in the sense that I believe that the most important information for psychotherapy is in consciousness: relatively available to
instrospection but inchoate and not verbally encoded. I do not believe in a Freudian unconscious, and do not believe in or make use
of any other psychoanalytic concepts.)
In selected cases, I use hypnosis, which I learned about ten years after receiving my doctorate.
Hypnosis can be a very effective and rapid means of treatment for anxiety disorders and for pain control.
However, I feel about it the way I do about sundried tomatoes, to which I was introduced at about the same
time as hypnosis: I don't know how I ever lived without it, but I don't use it on everything. For a detailed account of my use of hypnosis, see the
article published in the e-journal, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy.