I have been a practicing clinical psychologist for over 25 years. After completing my PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, I received advanced post-doctoral training at the Menninger Institute, at that time located in Topeka, Kansas, where I specialized in diagnostic psychological and neuropsychological testing and in the treatment of severe personality disorders. Later I completed additional training in clinical psychopharmacology, the use of medication in treating mental health concerns, and though I cannot prescribe I can provide consultation and treatment recommendations for the use of medication including for pain management.
I provided contract services for Providence St. Vincent Hospital for approximately 10 years and worked as the clinical supervisor on the adult psychiatric unit. I continue to provide psychological testing and consultation services. I continue to work closely with medical professionals and with a number of pain clinics within the Portland area.
My approach to treatment follows from the view that mental health problems are best treated from a variety of approaches and perspectives as opposed to limiting oneself to a specific type or style of treatment. For this reason I have sought to learn the major approach to mental health treatment and to educate myself in a variety of treatment options so that the best one for the circumstance can be utilized as opposed to limiting a patient to a particular approach.
I believe that it is much more important to understand what is going on with a person and what the concerns or difficulties are as opposed to only focusing on diagnostic labels and categories.