Who I Work With:
I do cognitive and behavioral therapies for people suffering from
anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, and especially
obsessive compulsive problems. Since there are not many accomplished
behavior therapists in this region, I also work with people who have
more unique behavioral problems, such as less common addictive
behaviors, and children and parents on some parenting issues. I work
with people of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens.
of Therapy: I do behavioral therapy which works because
changing your behavior will improve your thoughts and feelings. It is a
very important part of successful treatment for all kinds of anxiety.
Put most simply: The more scared you act, the more scared you get.
Conversely, the more scared you act, the more scared you get. Thus,
learning to change your behavior and do those things you are afraid of
will quickly make you less afraid. When working with younger children,
I teach the parents and caregivers to use behavior modification
techniques, which is a variant of behavior therapy.
I also do
cognitive therapy, which works on the premise that how we feel about
things does not really come from what is happening to us. Rather, our
feelings come from what we think about what is happening to us. Thus,
if you change how you think, you’ll change how you feel.
Goals in Treating Someone: Regardless of whom I am working
with, or what their problems are, my goal is to help them get better.
But my ultimate goal is to teach them to be their own cognitive
behavioral therapist. This is because anxiety problems have a tendency
to reoccur throughout one’s life, often years or decades later. If you
become your own therapist, you’ll know what to do if it should ever
begin to come back. Of course, I’ll be available to be your consultant.
I do Therapy: I usually treat people by meeting personally
with them in one of my offices. I usually meet a person one-on-one, or
with the parents and the child, in the case of younger children.
Therapy is focused on learning new skills to face your fears and better
manage your anxiety. It does not take a long time, and I usually do not
talk to you about your mother. It is very here and now oriented, rather
than focusing on the past.
I have an
ongoing behavior therapy group specifically for adults with obsessive
compulsive problems. The group has been going on for over 15 years,
with many changes of characters, of course. Everyone has obsessive
compulsive disorder, and everyone is doing behavior therapy. The group
format allows people to learn the behavior therapy skills and tools as
applied to others besides themselves, making them more skillful
behavior therapists overall.
work with people via the telephone and Internet. After an initial
evaluation where I determine whether I think I can be of enough help to
someone on such a limited basis, I agree to work with some people
through regular phone and email contacts. Eventually, I plan to develop
this website into a behavior therapy website where much of the work I
currently do with people on an individual basis will also be available
to people via streaming video and down-loadable text documents. At that
time we will be able to substitute web conferencing for telephone and
email contacts. So come back to the website in the future for further