So you want to know a little bit about me. Ok, I guess I’ll start by telling you that I saw my first patient in 1970 (no, “1970” is not a typo) – over 50 years ago! So naturally, I have seen thousands of clients and I think it’s fair to say that I am experienced. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta – the same college that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., graduated from. I then received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1974 from The State University of New York at Stony Brook – a large northeastern university on Long Island. The institution’s psychology department, my training program in Clinical Psychology, my internship and my post-doctorate training were all approved by the American Psychological Association.
Throughout my career, I have seen a variety of clients – the military, children, teenagers, adults, geriatrics, psychotics, neurotics, prisoners, spinal cord injured and a host of nice people who have life problems that require a little guidance.
I have served as the Director of many programs – including mental health centers, psychoeducational programs for children, collegiate counseling centers, rehabilitation programs, programs for inpatient schizophrenics, etc. In fact, as the Director of Training at a local university-hospital and at a rehab center, I have supervised and trained hundreds of psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health counselors. I’ve written and obtained grants that focus on anti-violence, on college students, etc. In fact, I have over twenty publications, and I have received over 45 awards, commendations and honors.
I also have advanced CE training from Harvard University Medical School, and I have had the pleasure to treat the rich, the poor, and even well-known celebrities. As the previous Chief Psychologist at the Army Health Center of the United States Southern Command in Doral, Florida, I have had the honor of treating hundreds of military service members. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychotherapy Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the National Guild of Hypnotists, and other organizations. As noted earlier, I am a provider for numerous insurance companies, including AmeriGroup, Aetna, Avmed, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Horizon, Mental Health Network, Military One Source, Neighborhood Health, New Directions, Optum Health, PsychCare, Tricare, United Health, University of Miami Behavioral Health, and Value Options…to name a few.
I am licensed in the State of Florida as a Psychologist and I have full insurance liability coverage. It is my goal to maintain the highest ethical and competency standards in my practice. Personally, I have been happily married since 1976, and I have a son, a daughter, a son-in-law and two wonderful grandchildren. I am partially retired – I see clients only one day per week. The other days are spent playing golf, traveling, working on gardening and handyman projects.
I try to be friendly, warm and focused in therapy. I will give understanding and insight, and practical solutions as well. I’m tactful, but honest. In other words, I’ll talk to you honestly, but in a way that hopefully will be helpful and useful. Whenever possible, I try to give more than understanding – I try to give wisdom. I often acknowledge the importance of spirituality in our lives and in the problem-solving process.
I use a variety of techniques in therapy, and many are evidence-based approaches, such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. Another example: I’ll record a relaxation session and send it to you with gentle sound effects and progressive relaxation guidance to enhance your ability to sleep, fight anxiety or prevent panic. I’ll use hypnosis to help remove nightmares and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to decrease depression, anger and other issues. I’ll use systematic desensitization to help with fear and phobia. I’ll send you a chart system via e-mail that I developed to remove behavior problems in children. I’ll give you parent training and demonstrate “time out” and other contingency management techniques in my office. I’ll have you and your spouse face each other in my office and use positive, fun techniques that I have developed to help heal your relationship. I’ll use Masters and Johnson techniques to treat sexual dysfunction. I’ll teach you “Letting Go” so that you’ll be more able to forgive and move on. These are just a few examples of therapy with me. My therapy is alive, active and positive. My goal is to get tangible results. I try to maintain a standard of excellence on which I will never compromise.
My goal is to do my part in therapy – to gently guide you toward positive results. Don’t continue to needlessly suffer – give me a call today (305 342-3425).