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  

Licensure and Affiliations

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (Minnesota, #7998)

National Association of Social Workers  

Academy of Certified Social Workers

Clinical Skills and Capabilities

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.

Disorders Treated

Adjustment Disorders

Marital and relationship problems

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders

Parent-Child Conflict

Generalized Anxiety and “Stress”

Work-place conflicts or issues

Domestic Violence

Substance Abuse intertwined with mental health problems

Anger (and Intermittent Explosive Disorder)

Grief, Loss, and Complicated Bereavement 



Self-Esteem problems

Sexuality issues, and some forms of sexual dysfunction


I have particular interests in these areas: 

  • the treatment of depression
  • stress management
  • marital and relationship adjustment
  • the needs and challenges of single people 
  • existential concerns (estrangement from others, questions of life meaning or purpose, conflicts about death)

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.

Professional Practice Settings

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

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.

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