Educational History

I was born and raised in Maine, living most of my life in the Portland Area. I attended the University of Maine in Orono for my Associate Degree, the University of Southern Maine for my Bachelors and Masters Degrees, and received my PhD in Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I have been delivering counseling services for the past 36 years and was certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors in 1983.  In 1992, I was one of the first psychotherapists to become licensed in the state of Maine as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have published a book titled, “Building and Managing Your Private Practice”, published a monthly newsletter on issues of private practice and counseling, written over 50 articles on counseling, and  have given over 75 workshops and trainings on a wide variety of mental health and counseling issues throughout the United States and Canada. I have also served on a number of professional boards and was the founder and past president of the Maine Mental Health Counselor Association.

What does all of this mean to you?  Well, I would hope that this information helps you to understand the level of energy and commitment I have given to my clients and the Counseling and Mental Health profession.   

I love my work as a therapist and feel extremely privileged to be able to assist my clients in finding ways to overcome obstacles that block them from having healthy lives.  I refer to such difficult times as “Transitions in our Life.”  If we are not careful, we can get stuck and not transition easily from one stage to another.  Life is way too short to be spending endless time and energy worrying or being depressed. We all experience emotional suffering at times but, if prolonged, it becomes critical to seek counseling for help through those transitional times.

I generally work with the following issues:

Loss and Grief
  • Death of a loved one
  • Job and Career issues
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Chronic illness
  • Physical illness
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
Anxiety
  • Marital issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Recovery from an addiction
  • Codependency
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Mood disorder
Trauma
  • Suppressed childhood abuse
  • Experiences of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Exposure to a trauma event causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Other
  • Stress management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Retirement issues
  • Discovering Life Purpose

To do this work, I draw from many different therapeutic approaches

I.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to help clients notice and alter self-defeating ways of thinking & acting
II.  Psychodynamic Therapy is used to help clients recognize and integrate different parts of themselves
III.  Transactional Analysis shows us a way to better understand how we act and react to others. TA teaches tools for bettering our communication in all relationships
IV.  Mindfulness Training brings the spiritual into therapy by helping clients focus on the here and now as a way of avoiding the pitfalls of anxiety and depression

What are some of the benefits you may find working with me?

a.  Increased insight and awareness
b.  Gaining helpful information and knowledge
c.  Overcoming helplessness
d.  Discovering new options and choices
e.  Finding creative solutions
f.  Increased effectiveness in living
g.  Acquiring new coping skills
h.  Improved assertiveness and communication skills
i.  Reassessing and changing old beliefs and counterproductive ways of thinking and    behaving
j.  Assimilating upsetting and traumatic events
k.  Developing healthy self-acceptance
l.  Growth in self respect
J.  Improving relationships

What to do next?

If what you have read and learned from my web site is relevant to you, then it is probably a good time to pick up the phone and call me. Let’s talk and see if I can be of assistance to you.

“It doesn’t have to be so difficult”

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