I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Pittsburgh area, specializing in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Penn State and my Master’s degree from Portland State University in Oregon. I am a graduate of both the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute's (BTTI) General and Pediatric training programs, which provide cutting edge instruction on the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety from some of the most well-known experts in the field. I have over 15 years of experience in various mental health settings, including the Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program in Pittsburgh, The Portland State University Counseling Center, the mobile mental health crisis team of Portland, Oregon, an intensive parent training program in Brooklyn, NY, and my private practice. I am a member of the International OCD Foundation, the OCD Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, and the National Association of Social Workers.
One of my favorite things about my work is being able to see my clients succeed in feeling better and regaining the things in life that OCD and anxiety have taken away.
When I'm not helping people overcome their anxiety, I'm usually spending as much time as possible with my wife and our two boys. I also enjoy hiking, biking, and writing.
Help for Anxiety Disorders
I offer individual and family therapy for children and adolescents as well as adults. My primary specialty is in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. I utilize the evidence-based approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). These techniques are the gold standards for treating OCD and anxiety. I take a very warm and relaxed approach to working with my clients. I also try to keep things fun whenever appropriate, especially with children. A few other things you will find about our work together:
An Active Process: We will be doing more than just talking about your problem. We will be doing something about it. I will be supporting you in identifying the areas where your anxiety is getting in the way and developing a plan to reduce your symptoms. This may involve challenging certain thoughts that are keeping you stuck in unhelpful feelings. It may also involve gradually facing your fears and worries in small doses. We may even leave the therapy office on occasion, when this allows us to face a fear you want to work on.
You Will Be in Charge: While I will be providing guidance and encouragement. it is critical that you are in control of your own treatment. We will be identifying the things that you want to work on and moving forward at a pace that works for you.
No Shame/No Blame: Many of the people I work with are feeling ashamed of something. You might be feeling a little embarrassed because OCD is making you perform an unusual behavior or you might be feeling self-conscious about not being perfect or you might even feel like others are blaming your parenting for your child's mental health difficulties. My office is a no blame/no shame environment where you can feel comfortable talking about the things you want to change in the present without feeling guilty about the past.