My practice specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. As a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Boca Raton, I am one of the few in the state of Florida trained during graduate and post-graduate education in the practice of cognitive-behavior therapy (see "About Cognitive-Behavior Therapy") by leading clinicians in the field.
I am known internationally for my work with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders- including, phobias (including "school phobia"), panic attacks (and agoraphobia), obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCD, trichotillomania, skin-picking, hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder, tics), separation anxiety, selective mutism, generalized anxiety disorder, social and performance anxiety, tand posttraumatic stress disorder. Other areas of expertise include treating adolescents and adults with mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. I am one of only a handful of psychologists who have expertise in treating people with bipolar disorder, using psychological methods and techniques scientifically shown to be effective (see "Services Provided" for all of the different conditions I treat).
In addition to individual treatment, I offer couples and family therapy, again using a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach, for partners and families experiencing relationship issues. Where appropriate, I include family members and significant others in the treatment process. I also often work directly with partners and relatives of adult patients who have chronic, severe psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder, offering support and guidance.
In addition to treatment, my professional services include consultations, in-depth diagnostic evaluations, and “second opinions” for more complex or treatment-resistant cases. I pride myself on individualizing treatment plans (all based on my cognitive-behavioral orientation), rather than using a "cookie cutter" or strictly manualized approach to treatment. I use a "global" approach, examining all possible factors (e.g., medical, societal, family) that may be contributing to the problem.
When in-person visits are geographically unfeasible, videoconferencing/teleconferencing is available. These services have been provided successfully across the US and to many countries around the globe. I also have used teletherapy with people who are home-bound because of severe agoraphobia, as well as other conditions that make office sessions not possible.