Wealth of Experience
Since becoming licensed as a psychologist in Washington State in 1987, I have been providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to help people manage anxiety, OCD, and related disorders, and live a balanced, healthy life. After receiving my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1983 from the APA-Approved California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego, I received post-doctoral CBT training at the pioneering Center for Cognitive Therapy in Newport Beach/Huntington Beach, California. I then became certified as a cognitive therapist and was selected as a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT). In 2012, I became Washington state’s only ACT Certified Trainer/Consultant of CBT. Since 1990, I have served as a Clinical Faculty member at the University of Washington. I am also a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Washington State Psychological Association, among other professional organizations, and hold staff privileges at Swedish Medical Center. I have helped several thousand clients achieve their personal goals. I believe my wealth of clinical experience is what attracts individuals from throughout Washington State to seek out my help.
I value giving back to our local community. For 28 years, I have provided case supervision and training at the University of Washington in the departments of both Psychology and Psychiatry, helping to shape the next generation of cognitive therapists. I present at professional conferences on anxiety disorders, OCD, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, CBT, and group therapy, and at community-based workshops and support groups for people with anxiety disorders, OCD, and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. I offer professional consultation services to medical and mental health providers in the area. In addition, I have participated as both a Research Scientist and Research Therapist in several depression treatment studies at the University of Washington.
I am devoted to my profession but also consider myself an excellent role model for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Outside the office, I enjoy our recently emptied nest with my wife and playful mutt, Zippy. For nine years, I co-lead and played guitar in a working 7-piece swing/blues band. Currently I am playing with my friends in an acoustic trio. Other interests include reading, partner- and folk-dancing, socializing with friends, saunas, Hebrew, art, humor, and ultralight backpacking. In Summer of 2016, for exampIe, I hiked 190 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and am always planning my next adventures.