I am a Michigan fully licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been providing evaluation and psychotherapy services for over 30 years in SE Michigan. My office has been in Birmingham, Michigan for the past 21 years and I also have an office in Cheboygan, Michigan. I treat adolescents, adults, couples, families and work in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. I received my B.S. with distinction from the University of Michigan and my Ph.D. from the University of Detroit.
I was a postdoctoral clinical fellow within the School of Medicine at Wayne State University for two years. Following the fellowship, I was hired by WSU within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences as full-time faculty.
While an Assistant Professor, I was placed in charge of the development of an Adolescent Dual Diagnosis treatment program for the university. I also conducted research at this time in the area of addiction and co-occuring mental health disorders. I have also received an appointment as Senior Staff Psychologist within Henry Ford Health System, in a dual position between Psychiatry and within the Maplegrove Chemical Dependency Treatment Program. I received training and certification in Cognitive Therapy through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia in 2000. Presently, I am a certified as a practitioner (CP) and a trainer (TEP) in Psychodrama through the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Therapy. I utilize psychodrama and sociometry in my individual and group therapies. I will be continuing on with the development process in psychodrama to become a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner, and in this regard, am beginning a training group for students who wish to learn psychodrama themselves. Please see www.michiganpsychodramacenter.com for more information on my center. My special clinical interest is in integrating the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and other empirically-validated psychotherapeutic methods (e.g., Dialectical Behavioral therapy, EMDR, mindfulness therapies and bodywork to name a few) with psychodrama and other action-oriented techniques in order to bring the entire mind-body holistically into treatment and healing.
In addition to the many years of practicing in a clinic and privately, I have provided clinical supervision, training and research, and taught clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers in the areas of dual diagnosis and cognitive therapy. I lead groups using psychodrama and other experiential techniques to address what talk therapy alone does not. I also have advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and utilize these techniques along with the others mentioned in my extensive work with mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma and trauma-related processes.