Hi, I’m Paul. I went from being a recording and performing musician to being a psychotherapist, professor, relationship coach, 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-reflecting.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER THERAPISTS?
Many therapists stick to professional activity in their office and carry a large caseload of clients. I believe that working this way can and often does put a lot of therapists at risk for burning out and losing objectivity, which of course, affects the quality of client care.
I’ve learned that I am most resourceful and emotionally available to you when I limit the size of my caseload, and then dedicate the non-clinical hours in my schedule to other professional activities that directly benefit your case.
Psychology is not “just my career.” It is my life passion. I have aimed to become a well-informed professional, and part of that journey has involved taking on multiple roles. I’ve taught psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level, have co-authored and published academic research; I’m also a writer, relationship coach, and speaker at psychology conferences internationally.
Another way in which I’ve committed myself to a high standard of practice is by engaging with multiple disciplines related to psychology and psychotherapy, including: anthropology, neuroscience, philosophy, religion, history, marketing, politics, gender and multicultural studies.
Finally, I reserve considerable time each week to practice thorough case conceptualization. This means that I frequently take time to reflect deeply on the work I’m doing with my clients in therapy, read literature that is directly related to my cases, and seek continuing education and supervision opportunities to advance my work with you. If there is something meaningful to you – a novel, theatre performance, or a documentary, for example – I welcome you to share this information with me and I may reserve time (when possible) to immerse myself in this activity as yet another way to better understand you during the course of our work together.
Basically, I’m not just working on your case during our face-to-face time, but I am devoting my professional efforts outside of the therapy hour in a way that benefits both your care and my professional development. This is a feature unique to my practice that I feel enhances the overall quality of work I do, and it would not be possible if I allowed myself to meet with a large caseload of clients.
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 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 sociocultural issues and leadership psychology.
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 began teaching 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. I was later awarded one of the Early Career Scholar Awards by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. More recently, I joined 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 3 to 85, 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, a family dilemma, difficulties in everyday living, cultural identity concerns, or a history of a psychological trauma that interferes with living a satisfying life.
Many of my clients are successful in their career or academic pursuits, and often at the expense of overlooking other areas of their life. Their self-care practices are neglected, or their relationships lack vitality and meaning, for example. But because they’re often bright people, they have a difficult time ignoring that something feels “off.”
Many clients who seek me out have also had prior therapy experience without lasting results, or they have read self-help literature. I’m not surprised when my clients come to me already knowing a thing or two about psychology.
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.
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 psychological frameworks, including (but not limited to): Relational Psychoanalysis, Humanistic therapies, Family Constellations, Imago theory, Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Multicultural/Social Psychology approaches.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? HOW DOES INSURANCE WORK?
My fee schedule for the period 2018-2019 is as follows:
Initial Diagnostic Evaluation / First Session, 52-60 minutes (CPT code 90791) – $240.00
Individual Psychotherapy, 45 minutes (CPT code 90834) – $200.00
Family/Couple Therapy, 45 minutes (CPT code 90847) – $240.00
Regarding health insurance, I only accept insurance as an out-of-network provider. This means that when you come for a visit, you personally pay me at the time of each visit, and then I provide you with a medical receipt once per month that you can mail to your insurance company to receive a reimbursement check. Insurance companies typically pay out about once per month, so it may be several sessions before you are reimbursed anything.
Please note that how much you will be reimbursed by your insurance company depends on the details of your insurance plan, so if finances are a concern for you, you can call the number on the back of your card ahead of time and provide them with a few pieces of information: (1) the appropriate CPT codes (listed above in my fee schedule); (2) my license type (LMHC); and (3) my office zip code (02110). These three pieces of information should be enough for them to tell you how much they will reimburse you for meeting with me.
I make every attempt to make psychotherapy accessible, regardless of one’s situation, and so I offer a sliding scale fee arrangement to clients who are experiencing a financial hardship, do not receive insurance reimbursement, or have no financial assistance for treatment. Please discuss your situation with me directly if you feel unable to access psychotherapy without a sliding scale fee arrangement. If we are unable to work together, I may be able to identify additional resources for you.
WHERE IS YOUR OFFICE, AND HOW CAN I SET UP AN APPOINTMENT?
My practice is located at 185 Devonshire St. Suite 500, 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.