With 35 years of experience, I help people rally their strengths to overcome problems in living which have diminished their success and happiness. A practical, results-oriented psychologist, I believe that when people feel safe and free from criticism they are most able to see new solutions to their difficulties and to try new behaviors. I believe counseling is most effective when it includes empathy, humor, frank and straightforward discussion and, occasionally, no-nonsense confrontation.
I am a clinical psychologist, in private practice since 1980. Prior to beginning private practice, I served for seven years on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During my tenure there I trained psychology residents and provided clinical services at inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities for children, adolescents and families. In my practice I offer services for adults, children and families. In addition to general practice, I provide divorce and custody mediation, family business consultation, and specialized services for families with children impaired by attachment difficulties. Families with troubled adopted or foster children comprise approximately one third of my current clinical caseload.