I am a licensed psychologist with a private psychotherapy practice in Westport, serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families for nearly 30 years. I have found this work to be rewarding, challenging, intense, and a journey of life-long learning.
I believe it is important to live a balanced life. Devoting time to our family is an important part of that. My wife and I have been happily married for 35 years. And, we have lived through the kinds of experiences most everyone can identify with in one way or another, whether it be raising children, taking care of elderly parents, resolving conflicts, nurturing talents, traveling and playing together. I believe a healthy lifestyle should include being educated about nutrition, exercise, friendships, laughter, and interests beyond professional work. For me these have included training for and competing in triathlons, windsurfing, trekking, white water rafting, cooking and traveling. Personal experiences such as these and the lessons learned from them play an important role in my work with others.
With regard to work, I provide both brief and long-term individual psychotherapy, as well as, family and couples therapy. I offer consultations and supervision, have developed seminars, presented workshops, and published articles. I received a Doctorate in Existential-Phenomenological Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in 1978. The project of this philosophically grounded graduate program was to develop psychology as a human science in order to create methods to study and understand the structure of human consciousness, describe human experience as it is experienced, and develop clinical applications consonant with such principles. I held a faculty position in the department during my graduate studies. I have continued my study of and training in a variety of treatment modalities over the years.
After receiving my doctorate, I worked at Hall-Brooke Hospital in Westport for 3 years. While there, I was helping develop the first partial-hospital program in Connecticut for adolescents, providing individual and family therapy, and leading social skills groups. I started my private practice in 1981. From then to the present, working with adolescents and families has been a core part of my practice. This has included running time-limited groups for adolescents and parenting groups for fathers. I have also developed other areas of expertise which include treating survivors of severe relational trauma and abuse in childhood (which include complex post-traumatic stress disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, and personality disorders), and a clinical hypnosis practice to treat people for behavioral medicine problems, such as headaches, pain management, smoking cessation, weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, insomnia, tics, enuresis, trichotillomania, and asthma. I’ve also utilized hypnosis as part of my psychotherapy practice to treat anxiety-related difficulties, such as panic attacks and phobias, as well as teaching affect regulation techniques to children and adults suffering with explosive anger and impulse control difficulties.
Over the years I have developed and taught seminars, presented workshops, and given lectures on (a) the assesment and treatment of dissociative identity disorder, (b) hypnotic techniques in the treatment of trauma-related disorders,
(c) dissociation, and false memories, (d) the utility of hypnosis for promoting health and wellness, and (e) the psychosocial challenges for families with adolescents.