About Me

LMF head shot_3 copy       I am a clinical and forensic psychologist with an office in Bingham Farms, Michigan.  I have recently moved to Bingham Farms, at 31600 Telegraph Road, Suite 250, just north of 13 Mile Road.  My office is easily reachable from Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Royal Oak, Southfield, and the surrounding areas.

I have been in private practice since 1984, and I am licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Michigan.

I am also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Madonna University in Livonia, where I teach graduate students who are training to be clinical psychologists.

My Clinical Practice

As a clinical and forensic psychologist, I have worked in many different settings, which has broadened my knowledge of my field, and my knowledge of the kinds of problems for which people seek assistance.  I have treated patients in:  1) outpatient psychological clinics; and
2) in inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment centers (for adults, adolescents and children).

Individual and Family Treatment:  For more than thirty years, I have treated many children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

My patients tell me that I am a good listener, and I believe I am empathic and non-judgmental.  I learn from my patients every day, which keeps me fresh and engaged.  I believe in my patients’ ability to get better, to master their difficulties, and to learn to accept themselves. When I work with children, I also work with their parents to help them to understand and to help their child.  I enjoy treating couples, helping them to hear and understand each other and to resolve conflicts.  I enjoy the variety that comes from treating patients at different ages and with different kinds of problems.

Psychological Assessment:  In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, I also specialize in psychological assessment.  I have performed many psychological evaluations. These include cognitive (e.g., ADHD, learning disability), mental health, and personality assessments, and assessments for legal matters (child custody evaluations, and psychological evaluations in civil and criminal matters).  I have presented on psychological evaluation to the Society for Personality Assessment, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the Michigan Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and several other organizations.

I have worked with many adults, children and families who are going through or who have gone through a divorce, or have never married and deal with the Family Court. I help adults to recover from the stress of their marital breakdown, help children to cope with stressful family changes, and help parents to reduce their children’s exposure to conflict.

Therapeutic Assessment:  For the past several years, I have actively been engaged in therapeutic assessment.   Therapeutic assessment, also known as collaborative assessment, was developed by Stephen Finn, Constance Fisher, and Leonard Handler.  Therapeutic assessment is a form of psychological assessment in which the assessment is itself an intervention promoting change in the life of a person (child, adolescent or adult), couple, or family.  I am currently pursuing certification through the Therapeutic Assessment Institute.

Forensic Practice: While almost two-thirds my clinical practice includes the assessment and treatment of patients, about one third of the time I perform evaluations or interventions for  the legal arena.

I have performed many personal injury evaluations, looking for example at the impact of traumas on adults or children.  I have worked both as a plaintiff’s expert and as a defense expert.

I have also evaluated persons who have been tried for crimes; for example to determine their competency to stand trial, their psychological assets, liabilities and disorders, and their need for psychological treatment as a component of their sentence after a conviction.

I have also evaluated persons as to potential psychological disability or fitness to return to work.

In the Family Law arena I have performed well over three hundred court-ordered child custody evaluations since 1987.  I have presented on forensic psychology to many organizations, including:  the Michigan Inter-professional Association on Marriage Divorce and the Family (MIPA), the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan Chapter), the Oakland and Wayne County Circuit Court judges and referees, the Michigan Bar Association- Family Law Section, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.  I also helped (on a court-MIPA task force) to develop the order used in Oakland County to appoint parenting coordinators.

When I have work with divorced families, I strive to reduce the level of conflict to which their children are exposed.  My role has been one of a mediator, family therapist or parenting coordinator.  I was a presenter for the SMILE Program (Start Making It Livable for Everyone), a mandatory program in Oakland County for divorcing persons who have children under 18.  I am also a trustee and Past President (2007-2010) of the Michigan Inter-Professional Association on Marriage, Divorce, and the Family , a non-profit organization consisting of legal, mental-health and court professionals who meet regularly to combine their skills, knowledge, and insights with the goal of strengthening family life.

Teaching and Supervision:  Teaching and supervising graduate students and Masters level psychologists has expanded and deepened my knowledge of psychological problems, of the patents who seek our help, and of the treatments which promote real change.

Education

I obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Michigan, a degree granted in 1984.  My Ph.D. was from U of M’s Joint Program in Clinical and Developmental Psychology.  This program trained me  to understand and perform research into normal development as well as to assess and treat patients with psychological disorders.  I received my B.S. from Michigan State University.

Awards

In 1999 I was named Distinguished Psychologist by the Michigan Psychological Association.  In 2001 I was the President of the Michigan Psychological Association.  In 2007 I received the Association’s Beth Clark Service Award, named for a psychologist and friend who set the mark for professional excellence and service to our profession.


Call for a free phone consultation at  (248) 965-9532.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 30+ Years
  • School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology)
  • Year Graduated: 1984
  • State of Michigan License No.: 6301005034
  • University Affiliation:  Madonna University, Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Specialties

  • Adult Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Marital and Family Therapy
  • Psychological Assessment
    • Personality Assessment
    • Therapeutic assessment
    • Forensic Evaluation:  Civil, Family, Criminal
    • Assessment for Employers:  Fitness for Duty, Disability Assessment
    • ADHD, Learning Disability Assessment
  • Divorce
    • Child Custody Evaluation
    • Mediation and Facilitation
    • Reunification Therapy

Client Focus

  • Children (5 to 12)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (13 to 21)
  • Adults
  • Couples and Families

Finances

  • Average Cost (per session): $150 (Psychotherapy session)
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Forensic Assessment:  $220 per clock hour ($250 per clock hour for depositions and testimony)
Accepted Payment Methods:  Checks, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Cash, Health
Savings Account.


Accepted Insurance Plans: 

  • Aetna
  • Out of Network (e.g., Blue Cross Master Medical, Community Blue)
  • Cofinity

Professional Leadership:

Fellow, Michigan Psychological Association, 1994.
Distinguished Psychologist, Michigan Psychological Association, 1999.
President, Michigan Psychological Association, 2001.
Beth Clark Award, Michigan Psychological Association, 2007.
President, Michigan Inter-professional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family, 2007-2010.

Committee/Board Memberships:  Ethics Committee, Michigan Psychological Association, 2005-2015;  Communications Committee, Michigan Psychological Association, 1997-2015;  Insurance Committee, Michigan Psychological Association, 1984-1998;  Trustee, Michigan Inter-professional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family, 2005-2010.


Click here to view or download my Curriculum Vitae.


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