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.

In the Spring of 2018 I moved my office from South Austin to East Downtown Austin. My office is located at 902 East 5th Street in the office community of 501 Studios.

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, substantive 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. In my practice, in my office, 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, food, 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, change, and healing, often working with painful, difficult, and self-destructive aspects of self and one’s suffering.

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 provide individual psychotherapy for adults (18 and older). I am not on any insurance plans, and use a fee-for-service private practice model; my fee is $150 for a 50-minute session.
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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.
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Therapick Videos of me talking about my approach to psychotherapy

Food & Beverage Service Industry Consulting: In 2018, a confluence of interests, conditions, and connections led to becoming part of an organic and emergent conversation about mental health in the Austin Restaurant & Craft Brewery Industry. I am in the midst of research and development around the topics of mental health education/sensitivity, mental health access for staff, stress management and wellness programming, culture and working conditions. I also plan to do a series of blog posts on these topics. MORE COMING SOON In the interim, Chefs With Issues, a national organization working to reduce mental health stigma in the restaurant industry: Essential Reading List

Thank you for considering my private practice.