I provide medically-informed affirming therapy to help people overcome obstacles and get unstuck in their personal lives and relationships. I help clients embrace their authentic selves, find meaning in their lives, and make choices that help them grow and reach their goals.
Discover what being a therapist means to Rick.
I wear two hats at PCS. As a therapist, I have special interest in LGBTQ issues, trauma, sexual compulsivity, and mind-body issues. I work with people who feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied; people who feel frustrated in their ability to connect with others or themselves; people who feel ashamed, inauthentic, blocked, or unable to live to their fullest potential. I work with those who feel alone, different, bullied, abandoned, and afraid. I use my medical background to inform the psychological care of people with complex medical problems. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
As the Medical Director, I focus on the biomedical dimension of mental well-being and recovery. I work with clients to address medical problems that may underlie or exacerbate their emotional issues. I work to optimize wellness through improvement in diet, exercise, and sleep, and through letting go of bad habits such as tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and drugs.
I trained at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and spent many years on faculty at Penn and the Thomas Jefferson University Medical School. My specialty training has been in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Uro-Gynecology. I have 20 years of experience in clinical research. I have authored original research, medical review articles, and book chapters on subjects ranging from addiction to sexuality to pain management. On the side, I have served as the executive director of the American Foundation for Addiction Research (AFAR).
I am grateful for my husband, four children, and five wonderful grandchildren. I love to travel the remote and wild areas of the world with a backpack on my back. My passion lies in service to my clients, leadership, and an integrated approach to practice.
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