My Style.

There are so many ways to heal and feel better about life that we don't even know them all.  New methods are being discovered every day.

I believe that the purpose of therapy is to facilitate growth in self-acceptance and self-awareness.  We work together as a team to find the most suitable methods to facilitate your ability to create the life you want to live.  Of course, any kind of personal growth provides "side-effects" that may feel uncomfortable at first; but lasting and meaningful change ultimately leads to a more purposeful and joyful life. 

In addition to individual outpatient sessions, I am a strong advocate of body centered therapies that include yoga, meditation, energy work, art, nature, play, and infra-slow neurofeedback (McGarty & Associates). 

I am not the type of provider who is going to sit in the chair, and ask you "How does that make you feel?," and then "Hmmm," and nod back at you.  I am interested in addressing where my own and others' inner resistance to happiness and wholeness resides; exploring self-imposed limits; and moving out of fear into the freedom that is every person's birthright. 

If you are interested in an active, motivating and challenging provider, please contact me.

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My Background.

I have specialized as a substance abuse clinician since 1991.  I received a Master's Degree from Yale University in 1988. I received clinical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and later began a career as a substance abuse clinician at The Yale Psychiatric Institute and as a research associate for the Department of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School in the area of addiction prevention and treatment. As a research associate at Yale Medical School, I worked on several projects, including the development of a medical detoxification protocol for opiate dependence.  I have also worked collaboratively to develop models for outpatient and hospital-based intensive outpatient programs.  I have enjoyed a broad range of experience working with adults, families, and adolescents at all levels of ASAM care.

Current Professional Training.

I am currently involved in ongoing personal work and professional training that will integrate my experience in addiction recovery with it's underpinnings in attachment and trauma.  Specific to this is the practice of Bikram Hatha yoga, use of infra-slow neurofeedback (McGarty & Associates), and other body-centered therapies shown to give rise to a sense of well being and a persistent experience of the self as calm in mind and body.