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I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of Virginia. I see individuals and couples, as well as providing supervision and training for professionals. I specialize in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), which I have studied, taught, and researched for the past 20 years. I am an adjunct faculty at George Mason University, and the Co-Chair of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
When conducting psychotherapy, I most often work in ISTDP. I also incorporate other methods appropriate for the client.
What Is ISTDP?
Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a scientifically validated treatment method based on neuroscience, mindfulness, attachment studies, trauma work, and psychodynamic therapy. In ISTDP we address your goals and difficulties in an active and focused way.
Treatment Resistant Depression
When Other Therapies Have Failed
Have you tried multiple therapies or medications for depression or anxiety and gotten little relief? I specialize in helping people resolve longstanding conditions, even when multiple medication and therapy trials have proven ineffective.
Building Better Relationships
Getting Along Better
Are you struggling with problems in your marriage or dating relationship? I work with many couples on issues such as communication, emotional distancing, repetitive cycles of negativity, lack of emotional or sexual intimacy, infidelity, and questions around commitment. I can help you and your partner develop a more secure and loving relationship by learning to practice principles of emotional attunement, fairness, trust, and mutuality.
I also work with individuals seeking to improve their relationships with romantic partners, friends, work associates, or family members.
I Can Help with …
Physical Symptoms (MUPS)
Help for Mind/Body Conditions
Have you have been suffering from back pain, fibromyalgia, IBS, headaches, or any other physical symptom for which there seem to be no effective treatments? Often these disorders are partially or fully caused by the stress of underlying emotional conflict. I have over 20 years of experience in a form of therapy (ISTDP) that is one of the few treatments that has proven effective for these disorders, even when years of medical treatments have been unsuccessful.
Other Psychological and Emotional Concerns
A Seasoned, Caring Therapist Can Help
In 20+ years of psychotherapy practice, I have helped people with a wide range of issues. Some of my additional areas of specialization include:
Trauma and PTSD