I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California and New York, with a practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of clinically complex emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents and adults. I also work with couples and families, and provide informational workshops and training seminars for both professional and lay audiences.
I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University, and completed my clinical training at the Yale Psychiatric Institute in New Haven, Connecticut. I have over 25 years of experience as a practicing clinician, integrating cognitive-behavioral techniques with other empirically supported methods to reduce symptomatic behaviors and increase individuals' overall level of functioning. Some of my specialty training includes Dr. Marsha Linehan's intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)and Skills Training for adults, adolescents, and families. DBT has proven efficacy in treating problems of emotion dysregulation and reducing self-harmful and suicidal behaviors. I also am certified by Dr. Edna Foa in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, the treatment of choice for reducing the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. In May 2009 I completed Dr. James McCullough's intensive training course in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), an empirically-based treatment for chronic depression. Most recently I completed 35 hours of intensive training in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), Dr. Tom Lynch's protocol for problems related to overcontrol (e.g., chronic depression, obsessive-compulsive personality styles). I work collaboratively with my patients to develop individualized treatment plans integrating state-of-the-art interventions that will best meet their specific needs.
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