There are many types of therapists who provide counseling. As a clinical psychologist, I am trained in the science of psychology as well as the art of psychotherapy. I utilize treatment techniques that have been scientifically validated through extensive research.
Empirically validated treatments are those that have been studied in clinical trials and demonstrated effectiveness with specific disorders. Having trained in an eating disorder research clinic during graduate school in the 1990s, I gained an early appreciation for treatments validated by clinical trials and an understanding that there is a large amount of flexibility inherent in manual-based treatment. Throughout my career I have continued to pursue training in other empirically validated treatments including CBT for panic disorder, Family Based Therapy for eating disorders, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. I strive to keep my work current and grounded in recent research.