People come to a psychologist for many different reasons.
Sometimes the issues are simple and a few meetings
and a little coaching, are sufficient.
Other times, there are difficulties that involve complex life stories: stress, anxiety, love and grief, relationship issues, depression.
This path to relief can be challenging and more involved.
4747 CAUGHLIN PARKWAY, Ste #11,
RENO, NV 89519
A compassionate therapist grounded in science.
I base my approach on a long linage of research – I want to have solid reasons for what I do in my work. It is interesting to me that such a technical analysis leads to the conclusion that what is most important in therapy is creating a compassionate and patient space for people to be known and to heal.
For the simple problems, the coaching can be simple. For the deeper problems, it is a more involved process.
I work with individuals and couples, mature teens through older adults who are affected by a variety of difficulty: anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD, relationship conflict, self-esteem, striving for life fulfillment, work stress, identity issues, and more.
My life course led me to outdoor pursuits and I spent many years as a mountaineering guide and instructor. This led naturally to me being involved for many years with mountain rescue. Through these experiences, I found that I was comfortable working with people in distress. As the years passed it became clear that a career in mental health was a good fit for my interest in challenging work and being a service to others. I also am a pragmatist; I want things that are effective. I want to make a difference. I was fortunate to be led to outstanding training and mentors and I have become an expert in a set of complimentary therapies that are, on the one hand quite technically oriented – humans are complex creatures; and on the other hand, are based on a compassionate and non-judging approach. If I expect my clients to have patience and compassion for themselves, it only makes sense that I demonstrate that and strive to treat them in that manner.
I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and my main mentors were Steve Hayes (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT) and William Follette (Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, FAP). My doctoral degree was completed at the University of Washington in Seattle under the tutelage of Dr. Robert “Bob” Kohlenberg and Dr. Mavis Tsai, the founders of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and the Global ACL Project.
I am a Nevada licensed clinical psychologist.
I am a certified trainer for Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and I am on the International Board for FAP Certification, Ethics, and Policies.
I lead a monthly peer-consultation group for behavioral therapists that is focused on Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), therapies collectively known as Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA, see Dougher, 2000).
Nevada Licensed Clinical Psychologist
4747 Caughlin Parkway, #11
Reno, NV 89519
I accept a few insurance plans right now:
Hometown Health, Anthem Blue Cross PPO/HMO, Prominence, and some Medicare plans. I am adding more plans in the future.