I became a licensed psychologist in 1992, and went on to build and maintain successful full-time practices in Nebraska and Ohio before arriving in Indianapolis in 2010. In addition, I have been extensively involved in university research and teaching (see Curriculum Vita).
In each therapy session, I access and involve my whole self, including my personal experiences, clinical skills, and scientific knowledge. Listening and validation of your feelings and concerns are central to the entire therapeutic endeavor, and especially important for getting our therapeutic relationship off to a good start. I will work collaboratively with you to establish clear goals and specific plans for achieving them. It is of the utmost importance for me to provide a safe, reassuring therapeutic environment where the distressing and challenging aspects of life can be faced in a way that fosters mastery over the problem area(s) as well as self-acceptance, growth, wholeness and well-being.
In conducting assessments, whether administering custody/parenting time evaluations, psychoeducational batteries, or psychodiagnostic assessments, my work is always based on up-to-date science and practice. I taught Psychological Assessment and Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for 13 years, which allows me to bring to each case a uniquely comprehensive and detailed expertise on test use across a broad range of age groups. At the same, I strive to integrate assessment findings with a sensitive and thorough understanding of each client as an individual.
I have a 27 year-old son who has exceeded all my hopes in becoming a man of character, compassion, and good will. My partner, Sue Whiston, is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Indiana. In my spare time I enjoy composing and recording music in my home studio. I have traveled extensively and hope to continue doing so.