I am a fully licensed psychologist in private practice in North Austin. I have worked in the mental health field for over thirty years, including 13 years at Community Mental Health and 16 years in private practice. I received my master’s from Western Michigan University and my doctorate from Michigan State University in Counseling Psychology. I primarily practice cognitive-behavioral therapy, but pull from many other theoretical orientations when clinically indicated. An important tenet of practicing CBT is my focus on using empirically supported treatments, with an emphasis on prevention and health and wellness. I have worked collaboratively with other individuals and professionals, as well as multidisciplinary teams.
My clinical specialties include depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, relationship difficulties, sexual assault in child- and adulthood, self-mutilation and eating disorders, and childhood disorders. Some of the medical conditions that I have addressed in counseling include cancer, PCOS, diabetes, debilitation pain, dyspareunia, infertility, and fibromyalgia. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy.
I have held a variety of professional and practicum positions, which have refined my skills in direct counseling, crisis intervention, assessment and diagnosis, consultation, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. As part of my doctoral training, I chose to intern with a neuropsychologist for six months and then stayed on working part-time for him another year to boost my competency in psychological assessment and evaluation. About a quarter of my time in private practice has been dedicated to providing psychological assessments.
I have developed and facilitated group therapy, workshops, and trainings. I enjoy providing educational workshops for parents, teachers, and special groups and served as adjunct faculty at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. I have taught a number of different courses including required courses for perspective teachers, graduate courses for counselors, introduction to psychology, and electives that attracted students from a variety of majors. I am skilled in providing supervision to counselors in training, as well as educating individuals in a number of different areas.
On the personal side, I am married to a retired General Motor’s employee, have two daughters, a son-in-law and 2 lively grandsons. I lived and practiced in Michigan until June of 2007 when my family relocated to the Austin area to be close to extended family. Having visited 2-3 times a year for the past 27 years, I am not a stranger to Austin. My personal and professional goals have been community-oriented with my volunteer activities ranging from being a Girl Scout leader to assisting at Special Olympics to facilitating a sexual abuse survivors group at a local shelter to structuring and implementing a breast cancer survivors’ self-help group. I enjoy providing educational workshops for parents, teachers, and special groups. My family attends a local church where I am actively involved in children’s ministry.