My clinical background: a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from SUNY Buffalo, with 20 years of clinical experience (14 years post-licensure); member of APA (American Psychological Association) since 1997, member of Pennsylvania Psychological Association and of Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association.
I authored 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of my books have been translated into Dutch, Chinese & Portuguese. I am on the Advisory Board for The Mindfulness Project (London, UK).
I trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings, which include: psychiatric hospitals, university counseling center, county jail, hospice, community mental health centers, family medical practice, cancer hospital, veterans' hospitals, pain clinics, and private practice.
I accept UPMC, Highmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield; I also accept self-pay.
I do not accept UPMC for Life, UPMC for You, UBH (United Behavioral Health), Cigna, Aetna
Addictions/Drug & Alcohol, Adjusting to Change & Life Transitions, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues & Stress, Codependency & Dependency, Compulsions, Compassion Training/Empathy Training, Control Issues, Creative Blocks, Depression, Divorce & Divorce Adjustment, Eating & Food Issues, Gambling, Emptiness, Emotional Abuse, Existential Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Fear of Abandonment, Grief & Loss, Habits, Harm Reduction, Health Behavior Change, Impulse Control, Infidelity & Affair Recovery, Irritability, Life Purpose & Meaning, Managing Chronic Illness Behaviors and Treatment Compliance, Men's Issues, Midlife Transition, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Motivational Enhancement, Obsessions, Panic, Perfectionism, Phobias & Fears, Post Traumatic Stress, Premarital Counseling, Relationships & Marriage, Self-Care, Self-Confidence, Self-Criticism, Self-Doubt, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm (Cutting, etc.), Sensitivity to Criticism, Sex & Sexuality Issues, Search for Meaning, Shame, Smoking Cessation, Social Phobia, Stress, Trauma, Trust Issues, Workplace Issues, Worry, Worthlessness
I offer fast-paced individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and process-focused group therapy. I do not offer Family Therapy (parents + children). I only work with adults (21+ years of age).
I offer an eclectic treatment approach that consists of: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic and Behavioral Therapy, Logotherapy, Mindfulness-based Therapy, Brief-Dynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).