Early influences in my education have been in humanistic psychology focusing on growth through encouragement (Alfred Adler; M.D. Carl Rogers, Ph.D.). I have especially been influenced by, and had the privilege to study with, Sidney Jourard, Ph.D., known for his belief in the healthy personality and the importance of the psychotherapist to be her authentic self in counseling.
I have extensive continuing education with David Burns, M.D. (known for his popular books Feeling Good The New Mood Therapy, Ten Days To Self Esteem, When Panic Attacks, Intimate Connections, Feeling Good Together).
I am a follower of John Gottman, Ph.D. and have been trained in his Level 1 Training. (The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, What Makes Love Last, The Men’s Guide To Women, A Couples Guide To Communication).
My current clinical interests are:
Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW work on shame (Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising Strong).
Sue Johnson, Ph.D. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Steven Hayes, Ph.D. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).