I have been helping people reach their most important goals for 40 years, and I love this work. As a psychotherapist, I can work with you to overcome or manage emotional and behavior difficulties, in order to improve your quality of life. As a life coach, I can utilize my experience and skills to empower you to reach the goals you set for yourself. Whether it's coaching or psychotherapy, I am committed to ensuring that when we work together, you experience a sense of safety and acceptance.
My therapy work is customized to the needs of the individual/couple. I draw from many different theoretical approaches and techniques including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Insight Therapy, Solutions-Oriented Therapy, Ericksonian Therapy, and Couples Therapy. To better understand the differences between coaching and therapy, please read the information on the FAQs page.
My life coaching style is highly collaborative, and uses a range of established change and life coaching techniques, as well as the principles of Positive Psychology. We begin by identifying your unique vision for your future, along with the strengths you bring to the coaching process. Through the process of self-exploration and discovery, we create a pathway for you to achieve your goals and turn your vision into reality. Couples coaching is similarly designed, and is firmly rooted in decades of research on what helps relationships to endure.
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1981. After finishing my doctorate, I completed an internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center (Strong Memorial Hospital). Over the years since finishing my doctorate in psychology, I have continued my training and education in both psychotherapy and coaching techniques. [Information on the location of my practice can be found below]
Beginning in 1980, I worked as an inpatient psychologist for 4 years. After that, I accepted a position as Assistant Director of the Counseling Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I opened my full-time private practice in 1987, which continues to this day, and now includes both psychotherapy and coaching. In the past several years I have added teletherapy options (phone or online video therapy) to my practice. Over these past 40 years, it has been my honor to earn the trust of my clients as we work toward enhancing the quality of their life
I OFFER PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS IN MY OFFICE, ON THE PHONE, AND ONLINE. Click here to learn more about the the phone and online options for therapy.
[Keep in mind that no matter where we meet, you must be a NYS resident to work with me in psychotherapy.]
If you live within driving distance of my office and prefer to meet in person, you can refer to the map below to get directions to my office.
To discuss possible options for office, phone & online therapy, and/or to schedule an appointment, click the link below & complete the form on the "Contact for Therapy" page. Or, you can call 585-292-0095.
Coaching is most often done on the phone, and it can even be done on the internet, but if you are local to the Rochester area, it can also take place in my office. So, if you are ready to begin creating the life or relationship you want, and coaching is appropriate for you, WE WILL BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED.
To schedule a complimentary coaching session, in order to learn more and experience the benefits of coaching, please click the link below and complete the form on the "Contact for Coaching" page.
Or, you can call 585-292-009.
Sometimes also called"distance counseling," "distance therapy," "telehealth," "telemental health," "online therapy," "video therapy," or "phone therapy," just to name a few. Keep in mind that it is possible to do a mix of in-person psychotherapy and distance psychotherapy.
During this difficult time when we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, teletherapy is a particularly good option for receiving therapy services since it's not necessary to come into my office. Numerous studies have shown that teletherapy is as effective as face-to-face therapy.