Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy
I have been in clinical practice since 1994. Originally from Connecticut, I graduated from the University of Hartford with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I was then commissioned in the U.S. Navy and, after flight training, served for seven years in both active duty and ready reserves as a Naval Flight Officer flying the F-14A Tomcat. Following two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, which included combat operations, I changed course and focused on applying to medical school.
I attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and graduated with honors. I was a recipient of the Goodman Award “for academic excellence and unselfish concern for others”, and was selected for membership in AOA, the National Medical Honor Society. I completed my Internship and Residency in Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where I served, in my fourth year, as Chief Resident in Psychiatry at Grady Memorial Hospital. My residency included extensive training and supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral and group therapy. After completing residency training, I became an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Emory where I served on the faculty providing clinical inpatient and outpatient care as well as teaching and supervising Emory medical students and psychiatry residents. My teaching responsibilities included giving lectures, psychotherapy training supervision, and clinical supervision. I received the departmental nomination for a national junior faculty award. During this time I became the founding Medical Director of Emory’s first Partial Hospitalization Program.
My interest in offering a "psycho-spiritual" therapy developed after many years of working with people and noticing that human suffering is a universal experience and that we are all far from alone in this regard. Having been raised in the Christian tradition I became very interested in the deeper work of the medieval contemplatives and discovered a connection with Zen Buddhist tradition, as well as that of Advaita Vedanta. I approach our relationship with a background of over 30 years of meditation practice and study including, as a serious student of Zen; a former Zen instructor and Zen priest. The word Zen, is derived from the Chinese word Ch'an which means meditation. Zen is a non-theistic meditative tradition which offers a path to inner and outer balance and transformation.
I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the AOA National Medical Honor Society, The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living and am licensed to practice medicine in the State of Georgia.
I offer an approach that educates, empowers and enlightens. I have learned that we all can find our balance no matter how confused and overwhelming life may seem. My focus is one of empowerment through dealing directly with our circumstances and the thoughts and feelings which naturally arise. I work with human beings, not disordered brains.