Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Ph.D., 1973
Licensure: NC Lic. # 0438
Health Services Provider – Psychologist
Professional Memberships: APA, NCPA, and CFPA
I have been in private practice in Wilmington since 1981, following work in community health settings and with psychological services of the New Hanover County school system. Concurrently with my initial years in private practice, I taught a variety of undergraduate classes (one a semester) at UNC-W until 1999. My training and experience have encompassed work with children and adults of all ages, and I have continued to enjoy the challenges and rewards of both. My approach is best described as in the mindset of cognitive-behavioral theory, enriched by concepts derived from a broad background that includes interpersonal focus, psychodynamic understanding of self, learning theory, Linehan’s dialectic of acceptance and change, and incorporation of the individual’s relevant medical information. Whether the therapy is short or long, situationally focused or broad and deep in scope, the therapeutic relationship becomes the scaffolding for validation of worth and capability and for belief in the potential of the individual or couple or family to better understand, adapt to and/or improve one’s choices on life’s path. Therapy attempts to provide a place for initiation and growth of those positive changes in thought and action, with as much joy and humor as one can bring to that path.