I am a licensed psychotherapist practicing in Ithaca, NY for 30 years and work primarily with university faculty, staff, students, couples, parents whose children have died, victims of trauma and family members, terminal patients, law enforcement and emergency services personnel.
I hold a BS and MAT from Cornell University and MSW degree from SUNY Albany. I have trained at the Center for Optimal Living and at the Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy with Albert Ellis and cognitive training at the University of Pennsylvania with Aaron Beck.
How I work with clients
My therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My focus is not so much on how patients feel but on what and how they think and believe. Patients learn to recognize their self-sabotaging thinking patterns. My clinical focus is to help patients see what’s in their mind and what they’re telling themselves. For example, how ruminating sustains anxiety and depression, but these patterns can change.
I believe that with the the right set and setting, psychedelics can fast track a great deal of change. I’m not a firm believer in the continued reliance of medication because I strongly believe that when someone is able to see another way of thinking, significant change can become long-lasting.