School Psychologist (He/Him)
During the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of serving children, teens, and families who presented with a variety of developmental, educational, and psychosocial needs for which my background as a researcher, clinician, and frontline psychotherapist have provided me with the skills and/or tools most appropriate to meet their needs. I have found that, both children and adults, bring an evolving set of coping skills and adjustment that provides me with a snapshot of two very important factors: First, that the use of “traditional” diagnostic criterion and symptom evaluation methods are equally important when attempting to understand the underlying cause and impact of emotional, academic, or developmental complications surrounding a client’s problems. Secondly, that many problems bring unique coping and individual responses that require a correspondingly important set of tools, such as empathy, understanding, and insight. It is our humanness that reminds me of just how fragile we are in the face of trauma or distress, and it is our shared, innate strengths for better coping skills and potential for change that ultimately provide the basis for appropriate change and adjustment.
During my younger days, I worked exclusively withing the justice departments for the county, state, and federal probation/parole programs; acquiring sets of data regarding incarceration rates, recidivism, and the impact of drugs and alcohol on the correctional population. I had the honor of briefly serving with the US Department of Justice as a federal officer and behavioral profiler, while participating in a number of published studies. Ironically, after the birth of my son in 1991, I transitioned from criminal justice work to school-based neuropsychological assessment and research, while completing a post-master’s certification as a Pennsylvania School Psychologist. Once again, I was privileged to find myself working within an amazing career situation, where I acquired superior supervision & training in the use of clinical evaluations, school-based neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments, and child & adolescent counseling methods, all within an accredited setting (American Psychological Association). While my transition to child, adolescent, and family counseling was a far cry from criminal justice; fatefully, I attained important skills and experience with disruptive behavioral disorders, unruly conduct problems, and pervasive developmental problems for which I was well acquainted after many years of working with incarcerated parents. It has become the foundation of my work with children and families.
I believe, that with most things in my life; particularly if we are fortunate enough, that I have come full circle in terms of my journey as a mental health provider and person. I experienced loss, like so many of us, and I experienced tragedy, like so many others that I had the privilege of travelling with on their healing journey. I hope that I will continue to provide the level of service and insight necessary to help others learn to cope, exercise initiative and change, and/or to provide others with that most important of all human traits – honest communication. I must admit that my approach is structured and educational, while it is uniquely flexible and open to cooperative suggestions. While my training is grounded in psychodynamic approaches, I am flexibly an individual and cognitive psychotherapist at heart. I truly look forward to meeting you, and to getting down to work.
My therapeutic approaches are:
Flexible-CBT, Traditional CBT, Collaborative Problem-Solving, and Adlerian Individual Psychotherapy
Fellow, American Board of Medical Psychotherapy & Psychodiagnostics; and Diplomate, American Board of School Neuropsychologists
PA Professional Counselor & PA School Psychologist
American Board of Disability Examiners; and Board of Medical Psychotherapists & Psychodiagnostics
North America Society of Adlerian Psychologists (NASAP)