I have over thirty years experience helping individuals and couples. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction treatment settings as well as training and supervising other therapists. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work, a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in healthcare management, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Sexology. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the states of TN and FL. I am a nationally certified sex therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
I use treatment interventions that are evidence based and consistent with best practice guidelines established by the American Psychiatric Association. I utilize the methods that can best help the individual client achieve their goal. Psychotherapy should never be a one-size-fits-all model. Each problem is unique and the big picture must be considered with every client. I help clients achieve the outcomes they are seeking and I advise clients of potential risks when they exists. I respect the religious beliefs, including non-belief, of all my clients and will do my best to work within your value and belief systems. However, though I understand the value of spiritual concepts, please know I work from a secular model. If you are specifically seeking religious counseling, please consult a leader in your faith community for an appropriate referral.
As a specialist in sexology I am trained and experienced in treating sexual problems. I understand the complexities of human sexuality and the broad spectrum of sexual behaviors and desires. We each have a unique erotic template which shapes our desires, behaviors, and the relationships we find most fulfilling. I help clients understand their sexual authenticity, thereby finding sexual integrity individually and in relationships with others.
Services are tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.
Initial Consultation/Evaluation…..No obligation to continue beyond this initial consultation.
Individual Psychotherapy…Ongoing counseling for the individual to address the concerns identified in the initial consultation.
Relationship Counseling…..Ongoing counseling for the couple to address the concerns identified in the initial consultation.
Sex Therapy…..Talk therapy with individuals and couples for purposes of sexuality education and to overcome barriers to sexual function and fulfillment.
EMDR….Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing for treatment of trauma, anxiety, unresolved emotional conflict.
Hypnosis…..Most often used for anxiety, performance anxiety, relaxation, building confidence.
Coaching…..Developing new skills for life, work, and relationships.
Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals…..Produced and facilitated upon request.
Personalized Intensives…Intensive 3 day experiences for individuals or couples targeting challenging issues and concerns that are not easily addressed in the traditional therapy setting.
Professional Speaking…..For private or professional organizations, civic groups, community.
Polyamory and Kink
Your personal information is always kept confidential and protected under the same HIPAA laws as your medical health care. Some exceptions do apply when there are risks to your own life or the life of another. These exceptions will be clearly explained to you at the time of your initial appointment.
Visit http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html for information pertaining to the standards of privacy for identifiable health information according to the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
I reserve the right to refuse or terminate services under these conditions;
I judge I am not the best qualified clinician to serve you.
Your needs or goals fall outside my scope of practice or skill set.
There is currently, or potential exist, for a dual relationship which could be harmful to you or me.
There has been a violation of my personal boundaries which threatens my safety emotionally, physically, or professionally.
There has been a breech in our fee agreement that has not been resolved.
As my client, you have the right to terminate treatment at anytime. It is always acceptable to seek a second opinion. At anytime you feel you are not getting the treatment outcomes or the attention you are needing, please bring this to my attention immediately so we can reevaluate your treatment plan and resolve any issues that impede your progress.
Your privacy can never be guaranteed when you are communicating via email, text, instant messaging, social media, Skype, FaceTime, landline phone, cell phone, facsimile, or the US Postal Service. If you choose to communicate with me via any of these options, you are agreeing to not hold me liable for any breech of your confidentiality as a result of communication or sharing of data electronically or otherwise.
I minimize your risk by not sharing your personal health information without your permission. When communicating with you via text or email I keep the messages brief. My contact with you will generally be about appointment reminders, referral information, billing information or replies to the questions you have sent me.
When visiting my office I recommend that you keep your cell phone and other electronic devices turned off. This minimizes the risk of you “butt dialing” a contact while sharing personal information during your session. It also minimizes the risk of your location status being tracked via GPS.
When being seen via telemedicine I recommend finding a location where you have privacy and your conversations will not be heard by others. While some electronic communication is safer than others, privacy and security cannot be guaranteed by any of them.
Appointments for Psychotherapy in Fort Lauderdale offered at the office or via tele-therapy. Appointments for TN residents offered via tele-therapy from your phone, laptop, or tablet.
By Appointment Only