I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#MH 7541) in the State of Florida. I am also a
Certified Trauma Specialist, Certified Addictions Counselor, Certified Master Traumatologist,
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Certified Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, Certified
in Reality Therapy, and Certified Practitioner in Biofeedback. I have 23+ years of experience
in providing counseling and psychotherapy with a wide-range of clients. I hold a Master’s
Degree in Counseling from Marshall University, A Certificate of Advanced Study in
Psychotraumatology from West Virginia University, and am in the final stages of completing my
Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Florida State University (2004).
My curriculum vitae and a
short biography are available by clicking on these
My specialty areas are as follows:
- Posttraumatic Stress/PTSD
- Dissociative Disorders
- Acute Stress Disorders/Recent Trauma (e.g., sexual trauma, motor vehicle accidents, natural & manmade disaster, domestic violence, etc)
- Anxiety/Panic Disorders
- Addiction (chemical dependency, sexual addiction, gambling, compulsive eating)
- Biploar Affective Disorders
- Compassion Fatigue and work-related stress
- Relational problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Borderline Personality Disorder/Orientation
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Axis II (Personality) Disorders
- Chronic pain
- Performance enhancement
The protocols that I utilize for working with my clients have been developed over many years of clinical work and represent
a combination of many different techniques and schools. I am not wedded to any one method or belief and, instead, tend to
be a pragmatist and utilize what works best with each individual client. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization &
Reprocessing (EMDRIA-Approved Instructor), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (published text Tools for Trauma: A CBT Approach),
Gestalt Psychotherapy, Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Trauma Recovery Institute
Method (TRI Method), Though Field Therapy (TFT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Humanistic Psychotherapy, Self Psychology,
Addictions Treatment, 12 Step Approach, Jungian Psychotherapy, Sexual Crucible Approach, Systemic Psychotherapy (Structural
& Strategic), Bowenian Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention Models, and Transpersonal Psychology.
However, the most important training that I have ever completed and what has made me an excellent psychotherapist is that
I have done my own work. I have spent over three years as a client attending weekly psychotherapy sessions addressing
painful and difficult issues of my past and present. I hated almost every minute of it and, paradoxically, I am grateful
that I completed this important work. I am familiar with the terrain of recovering from a painful past and believe that I
am skilled in helping others navigate this difficult passage.
My method of working with clients is a very simple one—simple, not easy. First, we begin by completing a thorough evaluation,
which includes an informed consent for treatment, structured
clinical interview and a battery of assessment instruments.
Next, I ask my clients to complete an exercise that helps them write a
Personal Covenant. This Personal Mission
Statement is a contemplative exercise that helps the client determine how and who they want to be—what behaviors and beliefs
that they will adopt as their “Code of Honor.” This document becomes our blueprint for intentionality that we will use in the
future to help decide which behaviors and beliefs are helping and which are thwarting the fulfillment of this Mission.
After the completion of the Mission Statement, we spend one full session with the client telling their “story.” This narrative
begins at birth continues through the present day and into the future. This narrative is videotaped and the client is asked to
review this tape at home. With this exercise completed, the client is asked to identify experiences in their present-day life
in which they find them selves habitually behaving and/or thinking in ways that are inconsistent with their mission—where they
breach their own integrity. The reason for this breach is that that client has experienced some present-day trigger that is
perceived as a threat. This perception of threat has caused an automatic engagement of the “sympathetic nervous system” during
which the client experiences heightened arousal and diminished motor and cognitive capacities. Our work from here is two-fold.
First, I assist the client in developing skills for self-regulation so that s/he can lower arousal during these present-day
experiences and regain optimal cognitive and motor functioning. Also, I have found that there are many times when a client needs
assistance tracing back their own history to find the experiences that resulted in the “learning” of these threats and help them
to desensitize and reprocess these experiences (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, or EMDR, is often employed here).
By using this dialectic approach—part present and part past—I have experienced clients recovering intentional functioning and
lessening of symptoms much more rapidly than in traditional psychotherapy.
The Compassion Unlimited Method does not work for everyone and I remain flexible in helping the client identify and choose a
method of working together that is right for him or her.
I have found that the methods I utilize for psychotherapy work more effectively in a 90 minute session rather than a 50 minute
one. I remain flexible on this issue but recommend 90 minute time blocks, especially when we are completing work on past
traumatic experiences. My fees are $150/hour ($200 for a 90 minute session). These fees are not negotiable. I take no
third-party payments but will assist you in filing your own insurance forms. I strongly advocate the taping of sessions for
your own personal review and use. I will supply the first videotape but you will be responsible for bring tapes to subsequent
sessions or you may purchase them from me at $2.00 each.
Special pricing is available for more intensive blocks of time (e.g. 2 hr., 3 hr., 4 hr., full-day. Call or email for pricing.