I believe that therapy as a proactive tool used by an individual to make their life more fulfilling and productive. Therapy should not be viewed as an indication of mental illness, but rather , as mental health. Therapy is a way for a person to gain more understanding about themselves and those in their life and make positive changes, deal with issues such as addiction or other self defeating behaviors that get in the way of living the life they want. I view therapy as a partnership between the therapist and patient. The patient is proactive and involved in the work that is important to them.My clinical training is psychodynamic with a focus on in depth client centered work. I use a variety of psychology models. I am a certified chemical addiction professional (LCAP) and work with individuals in recovery using a 12 step model. My training as an addiction professional was at the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach.I have been practicing for over 20 years both as a licensed social worker and clinical psychologist in New York and Connecticut before coming to Florida 10 years ago. My background also includes being involved in education. I was a licensed teacher in New York and have worked with both parents and their children.