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?
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 have taught psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level, facilitated training events for other therapists, have co-authored and published academic research, written and presented many articles, been elected to leadership positions in psychology, and have spoken at psychology 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 psychology 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 frequently take time outside of the time we meet to personally reflect on the work I’m doing with you. I read literature that is directly related to your case, and I seek continuing education and supervision opportunities to advance my work with you.
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 ongoing professional development. 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 founded and co-chaired my alma mater’s Gender Equality Committee and pioneered a social justice campaign at my internship site. I focused my academic interest on psychological trauma, relationships, personality development and cultural 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 began teaching several psychology courses to undergraduate and graduate students, training 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 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 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 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): Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic therapies, Humanistic therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Multicultural/Social Psychology approaches. 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 MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? HOW DOES INSURANCE WORK?
Fees are discussed privately with all patients. I currently accept all insurances as an out-of-network provider. This means that my clients pay me at the time of visit, and I complete the necessary paperwork for them to submit to their insurance company so they can be reimbursed.
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.