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
    • Specific Phobias
    • Fear of Flying
    • Panic Disorder
    • Health Anxiety
    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
    Conditions that I do not treat, even if they co-occur with one of the anxiety conditions I work with.
    • 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 17. (I do require that teens have a high level of motivation to seek symptom relief through treatment. )
    • Young adults
    • Adults
  • Insurances Accepted and Not Accepted

    I do accept:

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield- HMO, PPO or Federal
    • Tufts Health Plans- HMO, PPO
    • Tufts GIC Indemnity PPO (ONLY after deductible is met)

    I do not accept:

      • CIGNA
      • Medicare
      • Medicaid
      • Medicare
      • Aetna
      • Beacon Health Strategies
      • NHP
      • Boston Medical Center
      • Network Health
      • Harvard Pilgrim-United Healthcare
      Harvard Pilgrim/ United Health Care / Optum subscribers.
      Regrettably, as of May 2018, I will no longer accept these insurance plans
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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. Please note that only certain Massachusetts based insurance companies reimburse for this service. 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. I no longer accept clients seeking treatment for fear of driving or highway phobia. More information about fear of panic and highway avoidance and can be found on the fear of driving page of this site.

    Welcoming Diversity
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    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. As explained in the sections above, this is an anxiety specialty practice. Other than mild depression secondary to anxiety and very mild ADHD, I do not accept individuals with co-existing conditions. Prior to contacting me, I ask 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 and that no co-existing conditions, beyond minor secondary depression and mild ADHD are present
    • 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 type of cognitive and behavioral therapy approach I use: The Inferential Based Approach (IBA or IBT)
    • Respect for and comfort with the inclusive nature of my practice, where clients of diverse racial, ethnic, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations-including are offered a safe therapeutic setting. This includes immigrants regardless of legal status, as well as those of Muslin faith
    Treatment of Obsessions And Related Anxiety