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I am a licensed (DC, MD, VA, & VT) Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. On this page I will tell you about my background in psychotherapy, training, teaching & supervision that has shaped my practice. To learn more about my therapeutic style and services I offer, please visit the services page.


I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Maryland College Park in 1971. For the first five years of my career I worked in community mental health clinics in DC providing psychotherapy, psychological evaluation, and consultation to local schools. I opened my private practice at the Chevy Chase Center for Psychotherapy in 1975, where I continue to work to this day.


Beyond my doctoral training, I have pursued ongoing training to refine and enhance my clinical practice.

From 1987 to 1997 I received psychodynamic training from the New York Freudian Institute.

Since 1996 I received training in INTENSIVE SHORT TERM DYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY (ISTDP) from the following trainers: Habib Davanloo (Cape Cod, MA), Steven Slatkin (Washington, DC), Robert Neborsky and Alan Abbass (San Diego, CA), and Patricia Coughlin Della Selva (New York).

Since 2003 I have trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) with Dr. Diana Fosha, and I am on the senior faculty of the AEDP Institute.

Since 2010 I have trained in Somatic Experiencing and became a somatic experiencing® practitioner in 2013.

Since 2017 I have trained in Bodynamic Psychotherapy.

Teaching & Supervision

Teaching courses and providing supervision to students have always been an important part of my professional work both to give back to the profession and to challenge and extend my clinical practice. I have worked with students at the Washington School of Psychiatry,   Adele Lebowitz Clinic, and most recently at George Washington University Professional Psychology Program.

From 1996 to 2013 I taught and was the co-chair for a program on intensive short term psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Since 2013 I have been faculty emeritus for that program.

I present with the AEDP Institute faculty in New York City.