In light of the continued safety concerns presented by COVID-19, sessions are primarily offered via video to clients in Massachusetts. Starting March, 2022, masked, in-office sessions will be available to selected clients. Outside of Massachusetts, teletherapy sessions are only available to residents of certain states, owing to legal and licensing obstacles.
Video therapy is offered internationally to the following regions or countries:
I work with teens seeking treatment for OCD, starting at age 17. I am very selective when accepting teens. It is essential that the person have the maturity and high level of motivation required for CBT. I do not work with teens who are being forced (or court mandated) into treatment by a parent or school. Essentially, the initiative and drive to do battle with the extreme challenges of obsessional anxiety must come from you, the teen.
Anxiety can be a roadblock during the transition from adolescence to independent adulthood. Not uncommonly, obsessive compulsive symptoms worsen with the challenges of college or starting a career. Consequently, this is a phase of life when therapy can have enormous positive impact. As with teens, I am very selective with young adults, and also screen carefully for maturity, motivation and commitment.
I work with adults seeking treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms (OCS) and/or one or more of the anxiety disorders I treat. Onset of OCD and anxiety usually predates adulthood. However, OCD, OCS and anxiety can increase in severity over time and compromise functioning and quality of life. The perinatal period can be a time of full-blown onset of OCD or related anxieties. As with young adults, motivation is a must, and in the case of adults, one must be willing to change engrained fears and avoidance. If retired, I do require that the person be engaged in community activities
I conduct a brief telephone screening prior to setting up an initial appointment in order to review the symptoms for which treatment is being sought. The screening is also intended to rule out conditions and circumstances I do not treat. I do ask that that all prospective clients read through this site, particularly my approach and the conditions I treat prior to contacting me.