Theoretical Approach

Control Mastery Theory (CMT) is the backbone of my work. I was drawn to CMT initially because it is consistent with my earlier work with children. A basic premise of CMT is that children find ways to adapt to their unique childhood environments. Difficulties arise when these adaptations are no longer helpful -- or when they become seriously problematic -- as people grow older. Additionally, I am impressed by how useful CMT is in helping me understand the behavior and motivations of my clients so that I am better able to collaborate with them in their movement toward health and well being.

It is central to CMT that the relationship between the therapist and the client be firmly rooted in trust, respect, and warmth. This foundation enables the client to overcome the traumas of the past and the obstacles that impede the development of a full and rich life. My friend and mentor, George Silberschatz, has written an excellent book about CMT entitled Transformative Relationships. This title captures this vital concept.

CMT is both a simple and a complex theory. To learn more, go to the web site of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group -- You will find an excellent description of this theory at this web site, as well as references to CMT books.

Additionally, my practice is enriched by my study of Attachment Theory, Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Substance Abuse, Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.