Personal Disclosure and Psychotherapy Style
Rural eastern Ohio and the Appalachian culture was my childhood home, where traditional values and hard work ruled. Milligan College (TN) and a graduate degree from Bowling Green State University (OH) prepared me for two years as a high school counselor and wrestling coach. A scholarship then enabled me to complete a PhD at Ohio State University and enter a teaching position at the University of Virginia.
Fourteen years of academia at UVA were followed by a clinical psychology practice in Charlottesville, and in 2014 I moved my home and practice to Richmond. My academic and clinical career have been rewarding, yet family and loving relationships remain the meaningful center of my life.
My approach to the practice of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy has developed through training in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, affective oriented treatment, clinical hypnosis, and an existential/humanistic philosophy. I call my approach “personalistic” – an integration of clinical methods to serve your unique personality and reach your personal goals.
I provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Collaboratively we work together, and I seek your feedback so that the therapy process can be adjusted to fit your personality and needs. Clinical hypnosis can be employed within therapy to expedite and potentiate your progress.
Invitation to Psychotherapy
Entering psychotherapy is one of the most important decisions a person can make in life, requiring courage, humility, and a powerful desire to resolve one's difficulties and become the person you want to be. I know because I've done it several times! It will be a privilege to earn your trust, make you feel comfortable, and join with you in a collaborative process to unlock your inner resources and reach your personal goals.