Mon-Thurs 9am - 9pm Fri 9am - 2pm
Aetna, AvMed, Beacon, Cigna, Concordia, Magellan
Nothing is more interesting than people. Although I love math, physics, engineering, and chemistry, I chose to study psychology because of the challenge and importance of understanding what it means to be human.
My Doctorate in clinical psychology was followed by a post-doctoral Master's in clinical psychopharmacology. I am currently on the certification track with Gottman therapy, having completed level 3 training.
Much of my life was spent as a blue-collar worker on jobs where "getting the job done right" was the only real measure of success. I was drawn to the Gottman therapy method because of the emphasis on empirically proven results.
Gottman's method works because it facilitates collaboration between husband and wife that is fundamental to relationship success, without being overly heavy-handed about exactly how that collaboration should be. The method facilitates changes that want to occur, and at the same time does not try to push square pegs into round holes.
In therapy sessions I use humor and I strive to be personable, kind, and compassionate. My patients say they feel comfortable with me. I focus on safety, expression, understanding, and respect. I believe that if we were all-knowing, we would be all-forgiving.
Many years of work with chronic pain patients have given me experience with stress management, and a proficiency in the use of biofeedback. I have conducted parenting workshops to teach and demonstrate appropriate use of punishment, and to promote positive parenting.
In my private practice I have helped individual patients with mood disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, self-defeating behaviors, and existential crisis. But I consider myself primarily a FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST. I have a strong conviction regarding the importance of the family unit. Families are the very building blocks of our society. Our individual personalities are rooted in our early family experiences. The success of the family that we create depends on our ability to learn and grow. It is my passion and privilege to help families succeed.
I have coached my son's and daughters' basketball teams in the Plantation Athletic League. I have lead Troop 698 Boy Scouts on high adventure backpacking trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have filled many volunteer positions in the church where I have actively attended for 25 years as a resident of South Florida. I know five ways to throw a frisbee, and four of them are relatively accurate.