My style tends to be warm, directive, and practical. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which are empirically supported treatments for a wide range of problems, including anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression. CBT and ACT are hands-on, skilled-based treatments that rely heavily on a collaborative relationship between the therapist and client (and the client’s parents, when applicable). CBT tends to be short term, though duration of treatment varies a lot depending on the presenting problem and client preference. For maximum benefit, clients should expect to complete between-session assignments.
I treat children (ages nine and older), adolescents, and adults. I will see children younger than nine years old on a case-by-case basis.
All Anxiety Disorders, including:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
- Specific Phobias
- Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia
Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, including:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Trichotillomania (i.e., hair pulling)
- Dermotillomania (i.e., skin picking)
- Other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)
- Tic Disorders
Mood Disorders, including:
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder (CBT to reduce frequency and intensity of mood episodes)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Stress Management (e.g., career stress, life transitions, relationship problems)
Some clients may have secondary difficulties with ADHD, executive functioning, disruptive behavior disorder, and social skills—when that is the case, I incorporate these problems into our treatment plan or provide referrals for adjunctive treatment. However, if one or more of these difficulties is the primary problem, I refer to another qualified professional.
Home or Community Exposure Therapy
Exposure to anxiety provoking situations is among the most efficacious treatment strategies for anxiety disorders and OCD. When indicated, I will travel to locations within 15 miles of my office in Concord, MA, to work with those who may benefit from therapist-assisted exposures in the home or community.
I provide guidance for parents of children, adolescents, and young adults on how best to manage behaviors associated with anxiety disorders and OCD.
Professional Consultation and Speaking Engagements
I offer clinical supervision or consultation on CBT to other mental health professionals. I am also available to conduct presentations or workshops for mental health professionals, education professionals, groups of adolescents/young adults, or parent groups.