On this page, you will find information about my professional
background and treatment orientation.
If you are a client or potential client, feel free to look around.
You can read my brochure for clients. Take a
few moments to consider some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). I will
also be glad to answer any questions you may have. Lastly, it may also be
helpful to review some of my working
assumptions, that is, ideas I have about you and about the purpose of our
therapy. I encourage you to follow-up on this reading by making contact
with me directly.
I am currently offering a variety of groups, classes, and workshops. To learn more about these programs, please sign up for my e-newsletter, White Pine Notes. Programs are available for the general public, potential and current clients, and for health care and behavioral health care professionals.
If you are a professional looking to make a
referral, you will find information here that may answer your questions.
You may also review my
online brochure (for
clients | for
professionals). I have recently formed a new organization,
Institute, to provide trainings to mental health clinicians around
New England. You can visit the site for
Institute to learn about this first season of trainings, most of
which will focus on
Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additional ACT trainings in New
England can be found at the ACT in New England website; ACT trainings
across the US/worldwide can be found at the site for the
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
If you would like to speak with me about my
services or would like to schedule an appointment, please call me at
207-272-8500. If you need directions to my office in Portland, please
Treatment Approach. My primary treatment approach is
cognitive-behavioral. In most cases, I use
(CBT) methods that have scientific support for their effectiveness.
Compared to some traditional psychotherapies, when following a CBT
approach I focus less on childhood
experiences and unconscious memories and more on patterns in your
present thinking and behavior and aspects of your past that continue to
“show up” as you try to move forward with your life. My methods are active,
directive, and educational, and focus on resolving the problems that you
I gained extensive experience with
CBT during my graduate and postgraduate training and as a staff
psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in
Boston. I trained others to use CBT and other treatment approaches
during my time as a Clinical Instructor of Psychology in the Department
of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I was involved in
interdisciplinary teaching as the coordinator and primary instructor of
a course on CBT for psychiatry residents at the Harvard South Shore
Psychiatric Residency Training Program.
My current therapy
approach emphasizes newer
developments in CBT treatments, such as
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based
therapies. ACT uses mind/body and experiential strategies to increase
mindful awareness of thoughts and feelings, encourage acceptance of
uncontrollable private reactions, and promote action in valued areas of
life. ACT holds close to its basic science and behavioral
sensibilities while providing an array of innovative techniques that
empower clients to change.
If you are
interested in Eastern philosophies and practices, you may want to review
my Contemplative Psychotherapy
Learn more about the therapies I use in the
Treatments section or review my approaches
to specific problems. I am happy to provide additional information about my
treatments and encourage you to ask as many questions as you like. I
strive to have a collaborative relationship with my clients where we
work together as a team.