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Welcome!

I see adult patients for individual therapy and on occasion for couples and family therapy in Palo Alto and San Francisco.  

I am a cognitive behavioral therapist and my work has a strong focus on teaching patients coping skills  to improve their functioning occupationally and socially (paraphrasing Freud: "its all about work and love").  I am well versed in and have run multiple CBT and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) groups and individual treatments.  I also teach skills training for people with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders.  Newer developments  in CBT now extend to  Mindfulness training and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which are core to my practice.

My cognitive behavioral orientation not withstanding, understanding a person's existential perspective and narrative is a prerequisite to any skills training that a diagnostic category or condition may require.  Furthermore, a good working relationship between us, a genuine sympatico,  is central to our work together. 

I make it my business to stay current with new developments in psychology and psychiatry, both in cognitive behavioral therapy but also in other psychotherapy orientations.  I admit that I am a "closet" Freudian and Post-Freudian which means that I find great intellectual interest in conceptualizing problems in that language.  I am an avid reader and traveler, so my perspective often includes a literary angle or cultural commentary.

I work collaboratively with a number of psycho-pharmacologists and  I pay close attention to  medication compliance, side effects, and need for medication adjustments.

My fees are between $190-220 at the time of the appointment.  Please note that I am an out of network provider and I do not belong to any insurance panels. I provide my patients with receipts for reimbursement if their coverage covers out of network providers.

If you have any questions about my practice please feel free to contact me.