I am a psychologist in private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I am affiliated with a group practice, Psychological Institutes of Michigan, P.C.
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This site's goal is to provide information about me and my practice, as well as some other useful information, including links to web sites which may be of help to you.
A Breadth of Experience
I have provided empathic and professional therapeutic help to many patients in over 25 years in practice. Years of study, a commitment to continuing professional education, service to my profession, experience with many kinds of problems, and work with many children, adolescents, and adults have created a framework for reasoned, experienced, and innovative work with individuals, families and couples.
A Strong Education and Training
- Licensed Psychologist: State of Michigan.
- Ph.D., M.A.: The University of Michigan. Joint Program in Clinical and Developmental Psychology.
- B.A.: Michigan State University.
- Psychotherapy: with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families.
- Forensic psychology: evaluations, consultations, testimony.
- Mediation, Evaluation and Parenting Coordination: in family law matters.
- Psychological evaluation: Including traditional psychological testing, collaborative assessment and therapeutic assessment; psychological evaluations of children, adoelscents, adults and families.
- Therapeutic assessment.
A Leader in the Professional Community
- President: Michigan Psychological Association, 2001.
- Member, Board of Directors: Michigan Psychological Association, 1996-1998, 2000-2009.
- President: Michigan Interprofessional Association on Marriage, Divorce, and the Family, 2007-2010.
- Distinguished Psychologist: Michigan Psychological Association, 1999.
- Beth Clark Service Award: Michigan Psychological Association, 2007.
- Member: Ethics Committee, Michigan Psychological Association, 2005-present.
- Member: Michigan Psychological Association, Michigan Interprofessional Association on Marriage, Divorce, and the Family, American Psychological Association, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Society for Personality Assessment.
Teaching A New Generation of Psychologists
Teaching and clinical supervision are great ways to keep myself even more current in new developments in my profession, and to encourage the growth of other professionals. I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Madonna University, in Livonia Michigan. There, I teach courses to graduate students in Clinical Psychology, including courses on psychological assessment and child and adolescent psychopathology. I also provide consultation and supervision to limited-license and fully-licensed psychologists.
Sharing My Experience with Colleagues and Other Professionals
Through presentations to colleagues and other professionals, I can share my experience extend the reach of my insights into helping inividuals and families.
In February, 2011, I presented to the Michigan Psychological Association on ethical issues involved in serving as a psychotherapist iwith Court-Involved individuals and families.
I have presented on forensic psychology in Family Law matters to many organizations, including: the Michigan Inter-Professional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family (MIPA), the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan Chapter), the Oakland and Wayne County Circuit Court judges and referees, the American Bar Association- Family Law Section, the Michigan Bar Association-Family Law Section, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wayne County Bar Association-Family Law Section, and the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.
Listen to interviews with me on Divorce Source Radio.com:
Here is a link to my profile on Psychology Today's Therapist Directory:
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Therapeutic assessment is an innovative approach to psychological evaluation, which relies on collaboration between the assessor and client, as they work to help clients re-conceptualize their lives and move forward in their healing. Therapeutic assessment was developed by Stephen Finn (2007), Constance Fischer (1994) and others.
In the therapeutic assessment model, psychological testing is seen as more than just the collection of useful data. The goal is to make the assessment experience a positive and useful one for the client, and to help create positive changes in the client's life, in addition to gathering information that will be useful to the client and treatment providers. Therapeutic assessments are conducted so as to increase the probability of positive therapeutic shifts occurring.
Good Internet Videos on Psychology
I recommend the following videos, mostly found on YouTube. They represent some of my interests, in Attachment Theory, Parent-Infant Interaction, Developmental Psychopathology, and Interpersonal Neurobiology
Child Custody Evaluations and Facilitations: What Can a Forensic Psychologist Do? PART I
The Wayne County (Michigan) Family Law Bar Association asked me to address, for a seminar, my opinions on when, in working with a divorcing family, to evaluate and when to facilitate, and how do I deal with some issues in evaluations, such as addressing the factors in the Child Custody Act? What does a forensic psychologist do, and what can we do?
PART I: THE PSYCHOLOGIST’S ROLE IN RELATION TO THE LEVEL OF FAMILY CONFLICT
Blame and Moral Disengagement in and Beyond the Family
Here, I discuss some basic questions which pertain to the work I do as a custody evaluator, mediator and parenting coordinator. Most important and puzzling is the question: Why do disputing parties in high conflict divorce treat each other as enemies? And why do they use their children as soldiers in their wars? Also, once we warn them that they’re hurting their children, why don’t they stop? Why doesn’t training in communication skills, or education about the effects of divorce conflict on their children help these hard-core combatants? I have concluded that the traditional concepts of forensic psychology, that is, ideas about mental disorders, too often miss the boat…