Prior to my work as a licensed professional counselor, I was the director of two innovative private schools and a child care center. I was also an adjunct Social Sciences faculty member at Robert Morris University.
I am married, divorced and remarried. I have one child and two grandchildren.
In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy thought stopping is a detailed, effective treatment that empowers an individual with certain techniques to consciously change the pattern of negative or obsessive thoughts, which may be at the root of panic disorders and anxiety attacks that include physical symptoms. Thought habits can be altered; negative thoughts, replaced with positive thoughts.
CBT provides a successful treatment framework for those facing chronic and serious disorders such as Adjustment disorder, Acute Stress disorder, Antisocial behavior, Bipolar disorder and Borderline personality disorder.
I also have a particular strength helping individuals experiencing eating disorders, which are persistent abnormal eating habits, fears and phobias that can result in either insufficient or excessive food intake. Laxative misuse may also occur while an individual seeks to maintain an unhealthy low weight. Ultimately eating disorders can be recognized through detrimental behaviors, thoughts or feelings, in connection with food and self-image. Often there is an underlying over-evaluation of shape and weight, no longer within the control of the individual; often there are clinical forms of perfectionism and low self-esteem. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, bing eating and purging are the most common forms. Eating disorders, and the underlying processes that form them, can be treated successfully.