The above quote by Rumi, a Persian poet from the 13th century, is the context for my view of being a clinical psychologist. I consider my practice of psychology to be more of a vocation than a career or a job, and have been practicing counseling and/or psychotherapy for over 30 years. Though trained primarily in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I also incorporate cognitive-behavioral, attachment, and interpersonal approaches into the therapeutic relationship, depending upon the needs and desires of the client. My style is relational, empathic, interactive, collaborative, culturally-sensitive, and client-specific. I work with clients to set goals, explore the reasons that they might be experiencing challenges, and work to enable them to feel successful, present, and zestful in their lives and relationships. I work collaboratively with clients to overcome impasses, both within the therapy and in the rest of their lives, building on client strengths. I see the therapeutic relationship as a "two-person" psychology, meaning that client and therapist both contribute to what happens within the therapy. Mindfulness oriented practice is also available to those who are interested. I also consider the whole person and discuss the impact of medical, nutritional, and spiritual needs on the process of therapy.
For thirteen years I served as an administrator and faculty member at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, Department of Psychology, at the University of Hartford, serving as the Associate Director for 10 years. In that capacity, I was involved in the training of nearly 400 doctoral students preparing to become licensed clinical psychologists. I am currently in full-time private practice, and also serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.