Are you searching for new ways to manage your anxiety or stress? Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? Are you frequently in pain? Are you battling a chronic illness which is sapping your energy or interfering with your life’s plans? I am an experienced and compassionate psychologist devoted to helping people find solutions to these problems.
I use evidence-based treatments: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, a short-term therapy that is problem focused and results oriented; and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, an approach that incorporates elements of behavior therapy, mindfulness techniques and values-based decision making. Depending on the issue you are seeking help with, we may utilize techniques such as heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, coherent breathing training, guided imagery or exposure and response prevention (ERP). New skills are practiced in therapy and then applied to your daily life.
I have over 30 years’ experience helping people like you overcome the obstacles that have blocked the path to emotional flourishing and a full, meaningful life. I look forward to meeting with you and beginning the process of clearing a new path together.
Do you worry excessively or have anxiety that interferes with your day-to-day activities? Is it difficult for you to stay focused on work and meet social or family obligations because of your frequent worrying? Do you have phobias that limit where you go and what you do? Do you worry excessively about your health? Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are two highly effective approaches for treating anxiety, phobias and OCD.
Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, or CBT-I, is a scientifically proven, highly effective, drug-free treatment for insomnia. We will work together on changing the sleep habits and thought patterns that are contributing to your insomnia or other sleep problem. The treatment is brief, usually lasting from 4-10 sessions, and the benefits continue long after treatment ends. If you have sleep apnea, I can help you with some of the difficulties you may be having adjusting to CPAP treatment. I work closely with sleep physicians and a sleep dentist if you need experts to further evaluate your sleep problem.
Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness
Your thoughts , expectations and feelings can profoundly influence the perceived intensity and duration of pain. I use elements of CBT and ACT, heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback training and an approach known as neuroplasticity-based guided imagery (using thoughts and images to stimulate competitive neural networks) to help you effectively manage your pain. With these effective approaches you can begin to live beyond your pain and illness.