M.A. Social Work, 1981. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
M.A. Psychology, 1979. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
B.A. Philosophy, 1977. St. Mary's College, Winona, Minnesota
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (Minnesota, #7998)
National Association of Social Workers
Academy of Certified Social Workers
Proficient working with adults and late teens in individual, group, marital, and family therapy. Theoretical base for treatment combines psychodynamic, phenomenological, family systems and strategic principles. Treatment methods have been influenced by short-term dynamic, strategic, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioral models, in addition to psychoeducational and symptom-management approaches. I tend to think phenomenologically, meaning that I de-emphasize theoretical thinking in favor of an emphasis on discovery, client-defined issues, and the application of techniques congruent with the web [or network] of meaning that characterizes the client’s experience.
Marital and relationship problems
Depression, Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders
Generalized Anxiety and “Stress”
Work-place conflicts or issues
Substance Abuse intertwined with mental health problems
Anger (and Intermittent Explosive Disorder)
Grief, Loss, and Complicated Bereavement
Sexuality issues, and some forms of sexual dysfunction
I have particular interests in these areas:
I am open to creative things like co-therapy, in home treatment (if warranted), developing group services to serve a need in the community, pro-bono consultation, and broad based collaboration involving different systems (schools, community groups, in-pt. psychiatric units, substance abuse treatment programs, etc).
I also provide fee-based consultation to businesses, non-profit agencies, and individuals.
Before starting private practice, I held the following positions:
Licensed Therapist / Senior Therapist
Allina Health Systems / United Behavioral Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1993 to 1999
Senior Psychiatric Social Worker
Hennepin County Mental Health Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1985 to 1993
Clinical Social Worker
Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center, Anoka, Minnesota. 1981 to 1985
Insurance plans for which I am a credentialed, in-network provider: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners, Human, Medica, Medicare, Medicaid (MA), Perferred One, UCare, and UnitedHealthcare. I am also contracted with the following Employee Assistance Programs: ACI, BDA Morneau Shepell, Beacon (ValueOptions), LifeWorks (Ceridian), Guidance Resources (ComPsych), E4Health, FEI, Integrated Behavioral Health, Magellan, Optum, Sand Creek, UniCare, Workplace Options, and Military OneSource. Some plans allow for out-of-network coverage so if you have questions, please contact me. For those not covered by insurance, or for those who do not wish to use their insurance benefits, I offer a sliding fee scale.