Doorways in Voltera


Most of us are familiar with the expression “two heads are better than one.” Mental health counseling makes use of this idea.

A person (you) makes the effort to describe an elusive feeling or thought. This act itself begins to create mental change, and, as it is shared with another (the therapist), a circuit emerges which changes things further. This is how we work together.

My mind is trained to sift through confusing thoughts and feelings and to help you figure out what is bothering you and hindering your progress. Together, we explore what to do about it.

I hope that this website will help you learn about me and my work. You’ll find a short biography, a summary of my specialties, directions to my office, and my forms.

I invite you to call me and discuss any questions you might have and to talk about the possibility of working with me, or of bringing your child to come and see me.


My approach is based upon my ideas about the human experience, which presents a unique dilemma. We are wired to thrive in the presence of others, and yet each of us is separate. Sometimes we feel this separation acutely.

We each possess a unique biology, temperament, and destiny. It’s important to feel that we are not alone with the big problems of our lives. I am trained and experienced in listening and providing feedback in a way that connects with you while respecting your autonomy.

Children make this struggle between dependence and separation abundantly clear. Being a parent involves trying to support a very dependent being as well as allowing for the child’s independent growth. Children seem surprisingly resilient, but they are not yet skilled in communicating their experience so it’s hard to know what is really bothering them.

Child therapy involves a focused effort to tune in to the child’s reality. When this reality is understood, parents and other adults will find it much easier to help the child progress.

Dawn on the Lake

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.


Website by Steve Ford