“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we
are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”
- David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
and hello! If you’ve landed on my website it’s likely that you're looking for a psychotherapist. Choosing a therapist
that you feel comfortable with and who has experience treating the issues that you wish to address can be challenging. It's
my hope that these pages will provide some information about who I am, my professional credentials, the clinical thinking
that currently informs my practice of psychotherapy and the issues that I specialize in working with. I hope that as you read
these pages they provide some help in assisting you in clarifying what you are looking for and how you may want to think about
resolving the concerns that have prompted your interest in psychotherapy.
I am currently licensed in Massachusetts
as an Independent Clinical Social Worker, or LICSW. The LICSW is the highest level of licensure provided to social workers
in Massachusetts and allows social workers to provide psychotherapy services to individuals, families, couples and groups.
In my practice I treat a diverse population of folks from varying social classes, races, ethnicities, cultural origins, gender
identities and religious and spiritual backgrounds. I maintain an open, respectful and curious approach to differences while
also searching for similarities that allow me to connect with my clients, build a working therapeutic relationship and co-create
new possibilities for the resolution of presenting complaints to foster the life that you want to lead. It's through this
appreciation of the complex nature of interconnected world-views and lived experience that I have seen human beings muster
great inner-strength to create change in their lives while recovering and celebrating forgotten personal wisdom. I maintain
a practice that is both kink and LGBTQQIAA welcoming and affirming.
My undergraduate work was completed
at The University of Massachusetts Boston through The College of Public and Community Service where obtained my Bachelors
of Arts in Human Services. While enrolled in my undergraduate program I also worked full time with homeless men, women and
families struggling with chronic mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and other populations looking to create
change in their lives. After working with the homeless for several years, I was employed at McLean Hospital where I worked
in the adolescent residential and psychotic disorders program. I completed my undergraduate degree in May of 1993.
I began my graduate training in clinical social work in September of 1993 at The Boston University School
of Social Work. While studying at Boston University, my course work and field placements focused on community mental health,
family therapy, substance abuse and dependency and group psychotherapy. I graduated from The Boston University School of Social
Work in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Social Work and a specialization in the practice of group psychotherapy.
I maintain an eclectic approach to working with people in psychotherapy. Eclecticism is a common
stance among psychotherapists and generally means that, rather than relying on a single model of theory and technique, the
clinician acknowledges that they have been influenced in their understanding of human relationships, problem formation and
resolution by various clinical schools. Drawing from multiple perspectives the clinician utilizes an integrated approach to
understanding the client's presenting complaint and uses this mixed model approach to aid in its resolution.
Some of the models that I have found most helpful in my practice, and by extension helpful to my clients,
have included humanistic orientations such as family systems theory, existentialism, contemporary psychodynamic perspectives,
somatic awareness models, narrative and constructivist thinking as well as harm reduction approaches to numerous problematic
behaviors. These frameworks tend to focus on developing interpersonal relationships that recognize each human being as unique
and “doing the best they can” with what they have learned through lived experience. Often times people enter therapy
because they have survived some form of psychological struggle or trauma and, in the course of the original events, developed
coping strategies that may no longer be as helpful as they once were and are hoping to reach more adaptive and productive
ways of living in the here and now.
I have completed extensive post-graduate training and experience
addressing and treating issues pertaining to domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBT issues, family therapy and concerns
relating to human sexuality. I am a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators,
Counselors, and Therapists and a clinical member of The Society for Sex Therapy And Research.
I also teach and have consulted to organizations on issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBTQQIAA issues and
health care needs as well as problematic sexual behavior, healthy and unhealthy interpersonal relationships and sexuality.
I have developed training curricula focused on teaching graduate students in social work, psychology, and mental health counseling
on how to assess, intervene and treat individuals, couples, and families as well as how to work respectfully and effectively
with LGBTQQI populations. I have lectured nationally and internationally on various topics and issues related to human sexuality.
I regularly provide consultation to individuals and organizations interested in improving their clinical skills and program
My office is located at:
180 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite
Arlington, MA. 02474
C: (617) 461-8479.
Fax: (978) 897-4713
My office is ADA compliant and easily accessible by The
MBTA via the #77 Bus. For those who choose to drive there is ample on street parking.
you have any questions regarding my practice, or would like to discuss the possibility of our working together, please do
not hesitate to contact me at the above provided telephone number. You may also email me at; firstname.lastname@example.org