I works with older children (usually 10 and older), adolescents, and adults in psychotherapy. My approach is primarily cognitive behavioral supplemented with an understanding of a psychodynamic framework. I specifically use Dr. David Burn's TEAM model of therapy (see description below).  I also consider a family systems perspective when assessing and treating clients. For this reason, I integrate family and parent sessions into my work with minors. I have intensive training and experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and I integrate some DBT techniques, skills training, and exposure therapy into my work. When treating children and adolescents, I enjoy using artistic materials to facilitate the therapy. I integrate practical, goal-directed techniques into working on organizational difficulties with adolescents.

 To provide more detail, I utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach based on the TEAM model developed by David Burns MD. This model is modified when I work with children, but I still use all the TEAM components.

    TEAM is an innovative, powerful system of change culled from a variety of evidence-based therapies.  TEAM features a treatment plan individualized for each client's particular personality and problem and more than 50 different cognitive-behavioral tools, one of which is certain to work for you.  TEAM's goal is high-speed, lasting change.  

TEAM is an acronym for:

T = Testing. We measure your symptoms at the start and completion of every therapy session using brief, accurate scales to make sure we are meeting your goals. You will have the opportunity to rate my warmth, understanding, and helpfulness at the end of each session. 

E = Empathy.  Understanding your feelings, thoughts and concerns is my first priority.  A warm, respectful, empathic relationship is the foundation upon which we are able to do tremendous work together.

A = Agenda Setting. Sometimes we really want to change but keep finding something holding us back.  TEAM pinpointsprecisely where you may be stuck and boosts your motivation to change. You, not I will set the agenda for each of our sessions.  We will focus on those topics you yourself choose. 

M = Methods. At TEAM's core are over 50 powerful, evidence-based techniques that will help you defeat the negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that rob you of joy, self-esteem, productivity and intimacy.  Many therapies offer only one or two approaches to change.  TEAM's toolkit contains exactly the right method for you.  I used mindfulness and DBT techniques as well.