Over the last 30 years, I have worked clinically with thousands of children and families, conducted well over 1,000 custody evaluations, and worked with hundreds of other divorcing families as a therapist and/or parent coordinator.
My clinical work consists of diagnostic assessments, psychopharmacology consultations, and psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. I provide both psychotherapy and medication management. My clinical orientation is relatively practical. I listen to my patients and talk to them. I’ve found that generating an atmosphere of mutual respect and mutual trust is more important than any specific interventional technique. I utilize an approach based on my understanding of developmental theory with elements of behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal therapeutic techniques. If I believe that a patient can best benefit from a manualized, evidence-based intervention such as CBT or IPT, I make referrals to other mental health professionals who can rigorously conduct this type of treatment.
My forensic work focuses primarily on divorce, although I have also been involved in criminal and various types of liability cases. I have conducted, as noted in my bio, over 1000 custody evaluations in the last 30 years. In addition to my evaluations, I also provide consultation to attorneys and litigants in custody cases. From 2013 through 2016 I was the Mental Health Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law, a group whose members include judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals.
I regularly review the divorce literature, and my assessments are informed by this research. The literature is clear on a couple of things: 1) kids do best when they have healthy relationships with both parents, and 2) kids are adversely affected by overt parental conflict.
I also work with families to provide treatment of both adults and children who are going through divorce, or who have recently experienced a divorce. I have done both basic and advanced training in parent coordination and serve as a parent coordinator for divorced couples.