I wear two hats at PCS. 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.
As a therapist, I have special interest in LGBTQ issues, trauma, sexual compulsivity, and mind-body issues. 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).
I trained at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and spent many years on faculty there and at 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 and am presently directing a ground-breaking international, multi-center investigation into the genetic and psychological features of sexual addiction. 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 serve as the executive director of the American Foundation for Addiction Research (AFAR).
I am grateful for my husband, four children, and four 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.