Welcome to my private practice website.

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Austin, Texas. I started my private practice in 2010. Previous to that I spent 8 years training and working at the Veterans Health Administration, and continue to work part-time for the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1990s, and returned to the city in 2004.

My early career was shaped by clinical work that largely focused on veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), work that provided a depth of experience and perspective in understanding trauma and treating a broad spectrum of human suffering. Another, more recent influence on my work is mindfulness and mindful self-compassion. For me, mindfulness is rooted in a blend of ancient traditions and contemporary science that address some of the limitations and challenges of Western medicine and traditional mental health care. I offer a private, personal, and professional space for men and women to address presenting concerns that might include:

Challenging Life Situations  Challenging Life Situations
Trauma and PTSD  Trauma and PTSD
Mood Disorders, including Depression, Melancholia, and Despair  Mood Disorders, including Depression, Melancholia, and Despair
Anxiety  Anxiety (in all its varied forms including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
Emotional Distress and Problems including Anger  Emotional Distress and Problems including Anger
Relationship Issues  Relationship Issues
Grief, Loss, and Mourning  Grief, Loss, and Mourning
Career and Work Related Concerns  Career and Work Related Concerns
Concerns and Challenges Related to Creative Work  Concerns and Challenges Related to Creative Work
Stress Management and Self-Care  Stress Management and Self-Care
Personal Growth and Development  Personal Growth and Development
Existential and Spirituality Concerns  Existential and Spirituality Concerns
Men’s Issues, Psychology of Men and Masculinity  Men’s Issues, Psychology of Men and Masculinity
Women’s Issues  Women’s Issues

My approach to psychotherapy is animated by a dynamic collage of perspectives including my clinical experience; the psychotherapy literature including psychoanalysis, mindfulness, behavioral and cognitive therapies, philosophy, social theory and gender studies; as well as drawing inspiration and influence from other disciplines and forms including the humanities, art, music, design, sports, and popular culture.

My style is more improvisational than structured, and in many ways follows the practice of Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen’s work on generous listening and generous questions, a compassionate approach to psychotherapy that creates the conditions for being seen, heard, and recognized; for honesty, dignity, and discovery; and, for the unfolding of a unique relationship for doing the therapeutic work of understanding, self-acceptance, healing, and change.

I provide short and long-term psychotherapy. Short-term work may be to provide psychoeducation, consultation, perspective, and/or time-limited work on a focused area of concern. More often, longer term, open-ended work is indicated to address pervasive personal struggles. It is important to note that the psychotherapeutic process can take time to develop and yield sustainable change.

I primarily provide individual psychotherapy for adults (18 and older), but will seriously consider adolescents and couples based on presenting concern and therapeutic match. I am not on any insurance plans, and use a fee-for-service private practice model; my fee is $140 for a 50-minute session.
Services & Fees

You can reach me by telephone or email and I am happy to provide a 15-20 minute free telephone consultation to discuss your interest in psychotherapy.
Contact Information

My office is located in South Austin at 2003 S. Lamar Boulevard

Therapick Videos of me talking about my approach to psychotherapy

I am also available and have experience with consultation as well as professional and psychoeducational presentations related to my specialties (PTSD, Mindfulness, Men & Pornography) and areas of interest.

Thank you for considering my private practice.