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Professional Background Information:

I have been in practice as a clinical psychologist since 1984.  My degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Child Development was earned at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1984, and I remained in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Children's Medical Center until 1986.  At that time I went to National Jewish Hospital in Denver, to work in Pediatric Psychiatry with children and families both inpatient and outpatient.  In 1993 I opened a full time private practice with offices in S.E. Denver and in Frisco, Colorado.   I closed my Denver office in 2016 and opened a practice in Evergreen, Colorado.

My training as a psychologist has been ongoing, and I am trained and use the following therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Psychodynamic approaches (which include "trauma informed therapy")
  • Hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and basic meditation and mindfulness
  • Eye Movement Desensitization
  • Solution focused and Problem Solving Approaches
  • Attachment Treatment
  • Couple's Treatment
  • Family Therapy
  • Play and Art Therapy
  • School Interventions (upon request)
  • Emotion Regulation Strategies
  • Sports Performance and Enhancement Strategies

Philosophy:  The treatment that I offer is always based upon the needs and the outlooks of the client, whether age 2 or 62.  Because I was trained as a developmental as well as clinical psychologist, my client's history, background and resulting belief system helps me decide which strategies to offer and at what time during the treatment to offer them.  To me, understand history helps us know how the past "lives in" the present, and how to make changes in the present and the future for a higher quality of life.

In working with children or adults, the therapy is always a team project.  In Child therapy, this means involving the parents to obtain weekly information, answer questions, and provide guidance for parenting adjustments.  In working with older teens and adults, this means that the client has options to include members at times that seem helpful, and to keep in mind the client's wishes and hopes.

Confidentiality, trust, honesty and humor are important parts of the treatment approach.

The "OtherJob":  From 1989  to 2019 I was a part time instructor of alpine skiing to children and adults in Summit County, Colorado.  I have  provided seminars to the Ski and Snowboard School instructors and managers around the Rocky Mountain and Western regions of the US, involving child development issues, strategies for education and behavior management in snow sports classes, and more recently, sports psychology and performance enhancement.  Happily, this "other job" has allowed me to use my training in psychology more broadly than only in the office, and has allowed me to experience a different side of people's lives and joys.


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