In light of the continued safety concerns presented by COVID-19, sessions are offered virtually or in-office with one-way masking, ventilation and filtration. Owing to licensing limitations in the US, remote therapy is only available to those residing in Massachusetts or in the few states that permit out-of-state providers to practice.
Remote 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 disorder and related anxiety symptoms often worsen with the challenges of college or starting a career. Thus, therapy can have quite a positive impact during this phase of life. However, as with teens, the motivational motor to address these challenges and put the work in might not be in place yet. Consequently, I am also selective when accepting young adults, screening 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.