Welcome to my specialty practice, exclusively dedicated to the treatment of OCD, Obsessional Spectrum Disorders, Maternal Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic. Within this website you will find information about my background, approach and descriptions of the conditions I treat.
  • Anxiety Conditions Treated In Office
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Maternal Anxiety
    • Obsessional Worry
    • Health Anxiety
    • Specific Phobias
    • Fear of Flying
    • Panic Disorder
    Social Anxiety Must Be A Secondary Anxiety Condition
    I only treat social anxiety when it is of minor nature and secondary to one of the anxiety disorders listed above. As with all prospective clients those with secondary social anxiety must:
    • have a supportive network of family and friends
    • be working, studying or actively seeking employment if between jobs or transitioning from college to work
    • Not avoid work or school
    • not be using substances
    Conditions and Circumstances Not Treated
    Below is a list below a list of conditions that I do not treat, which can co-occur with anxiety.
    • Anger
    • Anti-Social Behaviors
    • Substance Abuse
    • Mood issues
    • Mood driven panic
    • ADHD
    • Primary Depression
    • Aftercare following Psychiatric hospitalization
    • Suicidal ideation or behavior
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Tourettes or Tics Disorders
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Marital issues
  • Ages Treated
    • Teens starting at age 15. (I do require that teens have a high level independent motivation to seek the treatment.)
    • Young adults
    • Adults
  • Insurances Accepted For In-Office Sessions
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield- HMO, PPO or Federal
    • Tufts Health Plans- HMO, PPO (Except GIC Indemnity)
    • Harvard Pilgrim / United Health Care / Optum Health (now on a case-by-case basis. I no longer accept teens with this insurance or even adults with severe symptoms requiring intensive treatment who carry Harvard Pilgrim/United/Optum
    Special note for Harvard Pilgrim/ United Health Care / Optum subscribers.
    Regrettably, as of September 12th, 2016, I will no longer accept Optum subscribers, seeking treatment for severe obsessive compulsive disorder. Optum authorizes intensive sessions only for prolonged exposure treatment. Optum does not recognize the use of other CBT methods for intensive outpatient treatment.

    I do not accept:

      • CIGNA
      • Medicare
      • Medicaid
      • Medicare
      • Beacon Health Strategies
      • Aetna
      • NHP
      • Boston Medical Center
      • Network Health
      • GIC Indemnity-Tufts
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    Video Sessions for OCD and Postpartum Anxiety and OCD

    Therapy via video is offered to clients, on a (private-pay basis) seeking treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Maternal Anxiety, who do not live within driving distance of my office in Massachusetts or who live in other states. Video treatment is also available to clients who live in the following countries:

    • Canada
    • Europe
    • Latin America
    • Asia

    Real-Time Highway Exposure Therapy

    Live highway exposure sessions are offered to clients (on a private-pay basis) who avoid highways, owing to fear of panic attacks while driving. More information about fear of panic and highway avoidance and can be found on the fear of driving page of this site.

    Becoming A Client
    I conduct a brief telephone screening prior to setting up an initial appointment in order to improve the likelihood of a good fit. Prior to contacting me, I strongly encourage all prospective clients to read about the conditions I treat and the specific approach I use. During this brief, pre-assessment I review:
    • The specific anxiety symptoms and behaviors the person is struggling with
    • The reason(s) why therapy is being sought now
    • The person’s motivation and commitment to face fears and make behavioral changes
    • The importance of being able to tolerate distress during exposures
    • The role of and need for certain organizational skills required to monitor and chart therapy tasks and progress
    • The cognitive and behavioral therapy approach I use
    Welcoming Diversity
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    Treatment of Obsessions And Related Anxiety