Years ago at a continuing education seminar, the instructor said one of the first questions we should ask a new client is whether they want to just talk about their problems or do something about their problems. While I understand the importance of talking about issues, especially in the early sessions of therapy, I tend to be an action-oriented, problem-solving therapist. Being a native New Yorker, I also use a direct, straight-forward approach. I will work with you to get as close as we can to the root of the problem, set realistic, achievable goals and work with you to reach those goals. I believe people are good problem solvers but there are times in life where we all need a coach with experience and training to steer us in the way we want to go and cheer us on along the way.
Speaking of training and experience, I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. I have worked with a variety of ages in a variety of settings; public and private, inpatient and outpatient, civilian and military, from coast to coast. In addition to my work here at GBCC, I work as a mental health consultant for federal education and job training programs. My specialty areas include parent training, pediatric behavior problems, stress management and military family issues. Both of my parents were military, I was a military spouse, and I worked for four years as a mental health consultant on military bases. I believe in a strengths-based approach; recognizing, focusing and building upon strengths that we all have to help solve problems. I believe that all aspects of life are to be enjoyed and I look forward to help you enjoy yours.