A Few Words About Who I Am As A Person And What I Do As A Professional
Since I can't know exactly what information you may find valuable in order to decide if I'm the right counselor for you, here's a little general background about me you may find useful. But don't just take my word for it: read some of these inspiring and powerful testimonials written by some of the many individuals and couples I've been able to help over the years.
I've been in the business of helping people achieve personal growth and life satisfaction since 1984, and I'm ready to help YOU live the best life possible. I'm conveniently located next to I-285 at the La Vista Road exit, near Northlake Mall.
I provide supportive counseling and in-depth psychotherapy to adults, and I work very effectively with both individuals and couples. I'm active, perceptive and engaging in my approach, meaning that my clients and I work together to uncover, explore and resolve issues as deeply and quickly as possible. I'm effective in providing both brief and longer-term therapeutic help.
I'm experienced with a lot of theoretical orientations so that I am not limited to any one counseling style. After all, what works well for one person may not be as effective with another. You'll find that no matter what type of work we are doing, I'm always extremely attentive to how you think, feel and act in order to help you develop and explore strategies to sharpen and empower the way you life your life.
My extensive education and experience never strays from good common sense, and I convey genuine compassion and respect as a way of life. I'm comfortable and familiar with a wide range of lifestyles, values and attitudes, and my sense of humor and informality is sure to put you at ease. I know about other referral resources to help provide support in almost any situation. You can always count on me for on-going encouragement, a friendly nudge when you're stuck, and true delight in your growth and progress.
I work effectively with people who are dealing with a wide variety of difficulties. Some of the many reasons people seek my help include depression, anxiety, relationship problems, alcohol or drug use, grief, trauma, work conflicts, and all of the general problems of daily living which get in the way of a happy, satisfying life. In addition to counseling through advanced therapeutic conversation I'm also trained in the remarkably effective techniques of EMDR and Brainspotting to help rapidly improve the quality of your thoughts, feelings and actions.
Couples find that I'm very balanced and effective with relationship issues. I enjoy helping partners rediscover their feelings of warmth and comfort for each other, stop unproductive bickering, recover from affairs, rekindle hot monogamy, heal resentments and resolve the big and little problems that can get in the way of enjoying a satisfying, fulfilling relationship.
No matter what specific issue we are addressing, my overall goal is to help you develop and sustain a positive sense of yourself -- at peace with your past, empowered in your present, and able to make healthy choices for your future. These aren't just idle words or a marketing ploy, but my sincere commitment.
While I regularly help people from all walks of life, I often assist people who require exceptional discretion and privacy including physicians, therapists, "C-level" executives, celebrities, professional athletes, entertainers, and others in similarly sensitive situations or positions. My discreet office (with secluded parking and separate exit) provide a level of privacy and confidentility unavailable in many other settings. I am the only person you will interact with, offering an exceptional degree of personal attention uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each individual.
In addition to my general counseling practice, I have extensive experience helping people deal with secretive, risky or compulsive sexual behavior such as out-of-control use of internet pornography, multiple affairs, commercial sex services and other forms of illicit sexual excitement that can prove difficult to manage successfully. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), obtained through rigorous advanced training under the direction of Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., the foremost leader in the field. I am a past member of the board of directors of The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). I coordinated three SASH national conferences and received the first "SASH Merit Award" for outstanding contribution to this organization.
I've also trained hundreds of therapists on a wide variety of topics over the years. I've presented many seminars on the ethical dimension of psychotherapy, and I've published professional articles that are often cited in other publications. You can see some of these under the "Published Articles" section of this website.
In addition to counseling, I also provide consultation and supervision to therapists who want to develop their skills to the highest potential in order to become more effective and skillful in their craft. I've also served as an ethics consultant and expert witness for the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.
It's fair and helpful to know something about the person you are trusting to help you live a happier, healthier life. I've been married for 18 years and have two children. My spouse works full-time as a nurse practitioner, so I have the joy of being the primary at-home parent during the week. Because of this highest calling my practice availability is generally limited to "school hours" (see my office policies page for exceptions.)
I hope this brief description of some of my professional and personal background will help you to decide whether I am the person that you want to work with. If you want to know more, or if you think you're ready to set up a time to meet in person, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.
By the way, my counseling office is easily accessible to individuals and couples in all areas of metro Atlanta including Alpharetta, Buckhead, Clarkston, Conyers, Decatur, Chamblee, East Point, Fayetteville, Forest Park, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Marietta, Milton, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Sugar Hill, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Tucker and surrounding areas.