Hi, I’m Paul. I went from being a recording and performing musician to being a psychotherapist, professor, researcher, writer, and conference speaker. Just as music allows musicians to express feelings through sound, psychotherapy can be like an instrument that allows you and I to collaborate and understand how you make meaning in life through talking and self-observation.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER THERAPISTS?
Practicing mental health counseling is just one part of my long-term commitment to personal development and being a helper. I have taught psychology as a professor at the undergraduate and graduate level, facilitated training events for other therapists, co-authored and published academic research, written and presented many articles, been elected to leadership positions in the mental health field, and spoken at conferences in three different countries.
Another way in which I’ve committed myself to a high standard of practice is by engaging with multiple disciplines related to mental health and psychotherapy, including: anthropology, neuroscience, philosophy, religion, history, politics, gender and multicultural studies.
Finally, I reserve considerable time each week to practice thorough case conceptualization. This means that I regularly take time outside of session time with clients to personally reflect on the work I’m doing. I read literature that is related to my cases, and I seek continuing education and supervision opportunities to advance my work. This is a feature unique to my practice that I feel enhances the overall quality of work I do.
WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE?
My academic tenure was a full-time seven-year experience. During my undergraduate studies, I regularly achieved academic honors. I earned my master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology. I pioneered several culturally-sensitive programs between my alma mater and internship site. I focused my academic interest on trauma, relationships, personality development and sociocultural issues.
After my schooling concluded, I completed my clinical training for licensure in a community mental health clinic working with underserved populations. At the same time, I was appointed to teach various psychology courses to undergraduate and graduate students. I began facilitating training events for other therapists, doing additional academic research, presenting my writing and research projects at conferences internationally, and holding a position on the executive board of the Rhode Island Association for Psychoanalytic Psychologies – an official chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. I was later awarded one of the Early Career Scholar Awards by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. Most recently, I completed the Postgraduate Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.
In total, I have been practicing clinical work for nearly a decade and in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, college counseling centers, group homes, nursing homes, and outreach programs. I have worked with individuals ages at all lifespan stages and from a wide range of sociocultural backgrounds.
For a complete list of my professional credentials, click here.
WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK PSYCHOTHERAPY?
People usually contact me because of a relationship issue, difficulties in everyday living, cultural concerns (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity), struggles with addiction, complex personal histories (e.g. generations of family abuse), or a history of a trauma that interferes with living a satisfying life.
Because my office is located in the downtown Financial District, many of my clients tend to be outwardly successful. They have achieved a lot in their career or academic pursuits, sometimes at the expense of overlooking other areas of their life that have now caught up with them. Their self-care practices are sometimes neglected, their relationships lack vitality, or the meaning in their lives is compromised, for example. They feel “something is off,” or have realized after some time that their emotions have caught up to them.
Many clients who seek me out have also had prior therapy experience without lasting results, or they have read self-help literature in a sincere effort to understand themselves and those around them more deeply. I’m not surprised when my clients come to me already knowing a thing or two about how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect them. But they realize that something more is needed than an intellectual understanding of the “how-to” approaches to living that drive book sales and internet clicks.
In any case, my clients seek therapy for a variety of reasons, but they all know that they want to “go deeper” into themselves in therapy. It is their hope that therapy will help them access a place within where they can start to use their issues rather than being used by them, and that they may begin a journey toward a lasting feeling of change that is completely different from an intellectual “how-to” understanding.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH LIKE AS A THERAPIST?
I believe in adjusting each therapy to fit the client, rather than adjusting the client to fit the therapy. I listen very deeply to what you choose to share with me, respect what you’re not yet ready to share, and I use my clinical expertise and academic (e.g. research) background in considering how I can be most useful to you moment-by-moment. I believe that good psychotherapy outcome depends on the working alliance formed by you and I – the therapeutic relationship. There is a robust amount of scientific research supporting this idea.
Regarding specific theories or conceptual ways of thinking about clinical concerns, I draw from a wide array of theoretical frameworks, including (but not limited to): Relational Psychoanalysis, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Multicultural/Sociocultural approaches to psychotherapy. However, I am cautious to brand myself as practicing a specific theory or set of techniques, since prescribing to a particular theory or set of techniques inadvertently precludes you and I from working in other ways – other ways that might be helpful to you specifically. Ergo, while I value the ways in which theory and research on how to do psychotherapy is informative to my practice, I regularly consider how I can tailor my way of working for each client.
HOW DOES INSURANCE WORK? HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? HOW OFTEN DO WE MEET?
I accept all insurances as an out-of-network provider. This means that my clients pay me at the time of visit. Once per month I complete the paperwork for clients to give their insurance company so they can be reimbursed.
You typically need a PPO or similar option on your insurance plan to qualify for reimbursement. Please call your insurance company and tell them you would like to know how much you will be reimbursed for seeing a licensed mental health counselor who is out-of-network. You can give them the CPT codes/rates listed below to obtain this information.
Diagnostic Session (CPT code 90791; applies to first session only): $240
Individual Psychotherapy (CPT code 90834): $195
Couple/Family Therapy (CPT code 90847): $240
I meet with most patients once per week, although some choose to come multiple times per week and find that it is quite a different experience – usually deeper in emotional experience. Like most relationships, more frequent contact between you and I promotes deeper conversation and this can sometimes provide clients with greater access to their emotions.
WHERE IS YOUR OFFICE, AND HOW CAN I SET UP AN APPOINTMENT?
My practice is located at 185 Devonshire St. Suite 503, Boston, MA 02110. This office is conveniently located in the Financial District of downtown Boston. I am a very brief walk from the Park Street, Downtown Crossing, State Street, and Government Center T-stations, and there are many parking garages in the area as well.
You can arrange an appointment with me by calling my business line at 828-738-2128. If I am unable to attend to your call right away, please leave a message, and I will return your call within 24 business hours unless the outgoing message on my voicemail specifies otherwise. Please note that when I return your call, the number will be listed as private.