I have been involved in the teaching, practice, and study of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, couples and family therapy for over 30 years. In my practice I see patients ages 18 to 90+. They are typically referred to me by medical doctors, colleagues, other’s in the mental heath field and patients with whom I’ve worked. Common reasons for seeking treatment include depression, anxiety, family and relationship issues, work crises, and stress. Symptoms may be quite intense and debilitating. It’s quite typical of severe depression for someone to think that there is nothing that can help them, when nothing could be further from the truth. Today we have a wide array of tools both psychopharmacologically and psychotherapeutically to pull someone out of these states. Our therapeutic expectations are quite high. And we can often achieve this with a minimum of side effects tailoring the treatment to the individual. Many people labor under misconceptions regarding psychiatric treatment and care which is incredibly unfortunate. If you know someone in this state you might call me or someone like me to consult on how such a person might be persuaded to seek a consultation. In this day and age no one should be suffering needlessly from these conditions.
Sometimes I am asked to do a consultation by a fellow member of the mental health community with a patient who is in psychotherapy with them when they think they may be in need of a medication. The consultation will be a no less than the usually thorough overall review of the case from biological, situational and psychological perspectives to delineated any medical component. It’s always important that the patient understand exactly how such conclusions are reached. The outcome may be that my involvement would be limited to the medication management. At other times I will provide the integrated service of both the psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
In addition, I am coauthor of one of the first books on the developmental transition to marriage, The First Year of Marriage: What to Expect, What to Accept and What You Can Change (Warner Books, iUniverse). This groundbreaking book, first published in 1987 and released in six editions, explores the emotionally charged issues couples face as they adapt to being married. The book has been excerpted in dozens of books and magazines, translated into numerous foreign languages, and has been featured on national television talk shows including Oprah, CBS Morning Show, Kelly and Regis, and many more. I see many couples in consultation and treatment and have taught couples counseling to professionals in training and lectured in numerous community settings.
Also, I have been interested for the past two decades in the overlap of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, religion and spirituality. These have traditionally been competing perspectives on the human condition which have more in common that practitioners of either have recognized. They have spoken very different languages, however. My participation in a number of workshops and study groups has been about understanding the phenomena of religion and spirituality which people turn to in times of distress, use to climb to higher levels of awareness and experiential transcendence, uniquely connect generations through tradition, and for believers, tie one to the sacred and divine. These issues do not tend to walk into the psychiatrist office, however, despite occupying vital places in the hearts of many. The work we have done has sensitized us to these dynamics and how we as clinicians should be sensitized to the role they play both in people’s lives and in treatment.
This website is dedicated to helping you get to know a little more about my education, professional training, hospital, medical, and organizational affiliations, published writings, and research and presentations related to my special interest in the relationship and dialogue between psychoanalysis, religion, and spirituality.