WHO ARE YOU?
Hi, I’m Paul. I went from being a recording and performing musician to being a psychotherapist, professor, researcher, writer, and public speaker. Just as music allows musicians to express thoughts and feelings through sounds, psychotherapy can be like an instrument that allows you and I to understand your unique human experience through regular dialogue and self-reflection.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER THERAPISTS?
Most therapists stick to professional activity in their office. When you hire me, you are not just working with a therapist, but a well-informed professional who has taught psychology at the university level, a researcher, writer, and international speaker at psychology conferences. My high level of dedication to the field of psychology gives me the great pleasure of understanding the human mind and culture from a variety of angles stretching far beyond the walls of my private office. Ergo, I’m not just working on your case during our face-to-face time, but am devoting my research, reading, and case conceptualization efforts to your care as well. Psychology is not “just my career. ” It is my life passion.
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. When I earned my master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology, I graduated at the top of my class. I also founded and co-chaired my alma mater’s Gender Equality Committee and pioneered a social justice campaign at my internship site, so I’ve also taken an interest in cultural issues and leadership action as well.
After my schooling concluded, I completed my post-graduate training in a community mental health clinic working with underserved populations. I also went on to teach several psychology courses to undergraduate and graduate students, training other therapists, conducting additional research, presenting my writing 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.
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 3 to 85, and from a wide range of sociocultural backgrounds.
More recently, I was awarded one of the Early Career Scholar Awards by Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. As of early 2018, I am in the process of creating a digital information product on marketing that is intended for other psychotherapists, as well as finalizing details for a podcast show I will be featured on with a renowned dating coach, and I have also completed the research phase for what may eventually become a book about relationships and culture.
For a complete list of my professional credentials, click here.
WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK PSYCHOTHERAPY?
People usually contact me because of a relationship issue, family dilemma, difficulties in everyday living, or with a cultural concern (LGBTQ, sexuality, race/ethnicity, immigration). Many of my clients are successful in their career or academic pursuits, but often at the expense of overlooking other areas of their life, such as their relationships or self-care practices. Many have had prior therapy experience without lasting results and have read self-help literature, so they sometimes come to me already knowing a thing or two about psychology. However, they continue to feel stuck and are interested in “going deeper” with a therapist this time around.
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, and I use my clinical expertise and academic (research) background in considering how I can be most useful to you. I believe that good psychotherapy outcome depends on a good 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 clinical frameworks, including (but not limited to): psychoanalytic psychotherapy, humanistic therapies, family constellations, positive psychology, and multicultural/social psychology.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
I make fee arrangements privately with all clients based on my average clinical fee, their financial situation and what their insurance carrier is willing to reimburse (if they wish to use insurance benefits).
WHERE IS YOUR OFFICE, AND HOW CAN I SET UP AN APPOINTMENT?
My practice is located at 185 Devonshire St. Suite 502, Boston, MA 02110. This office is 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 subway stations, and there are many parking garages in the area as well.
You can arrange an appointment with me by calling my business line during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, 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.