Over 30 Years of Experience
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Connecticut and a member of the American Psychological Association. In 1982, I completed my Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Connecticut. In completing my doctorate, I participated in a study about children's ability to delay gratification. I performed my postdoctoral supervision with adolescent inpatients and their families.
For the first 10 years of my career, I had a private practice in Storrs, Connecticut. After that, I joined Clinical Associates of Greater Hartford, where I have practiced for the last 20 years. In my practice, I treat children, adolescents and adults with a variety of psychological and adjustment disorders.
I have a background working in schools with students who have learning challenges, as well as overall adjustment difficulties. I have worked in public and private schools. I have over thirty years of experience providing independent evaluations which describe each student's individual learning style or disability. With this information, I provide detailed reports explaining the learning style and the necessary recommendations for assistance and accommodations. My work in private schools has provided the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students. International students make up a high percentage of enrollment in private schools, and I have extensive experience helping them to make the transition into this country.
What happens in the home has an effect on both students and their parents. Naturally, my work led me to families experiencing divorce. My background with children, teens, and families prepared me to help those families in conflict. I offer counseling and custody evaluations with the best interest of the child as the central focus.
Anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and stress respond well to psychotherapy. Children and adolescents face developmental challenges. Adults navigate transitional periods in their lives. I have been very successful at helping adults manage their lives to overcome emotional distress and to achieve the goals that bring them to therapy. This is very rewarding.
Let me tell you what I am doing now. The new branch of psychology, called positive psychology is spreading throughout the world. Psychology is transitioning to studying and applying what we know works to make a life of well being. The father of positive psychology Martin Seligman Ph.D. foresees that by the year 2050, 51% of the world will be flourishing. I am making myself a part of this growing community of great positive minds. I have been participating in meetings, conferences, and classes to learn more about positive psychology and how I can make a difference. I am a member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association.