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Welcome!

I see adult patients for individual therapy in San Francisco in beautiful Noe Valley.  

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. Newer developments  in CBT now extend to  Mindfulness training and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which are core to my practice.

I provide skills training more specifically for patients with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders and  Anxiety Disorders including OCD.  In addition,  I have significant experience treating patients with Personality Disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder. Finally, I have experience in treating patient with complex and often chronic medical profiles co morbid with psychiatric disorders. 

My cognitive behavioral orientation not withstanding, I find that understanding a person's existential perspective and personal narrative of their experience 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,  I believe 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 and 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 paid 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.