About Me

LMF head shot_3 copy       I am a psychologist in practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  I have, since 1998, been proud to be affiliated with a group of well-known and respected psychologists, who practice together as Psychological Institutes of Michigan, P.C.

Psychological Institutes in the oldest clinic in Michigan owned by psychologists (since 1967). We are located in a wooded neighborhood in Bloomfield Hills, in a quiet and peaceful setting, near a stream and across the street from a cider mill (the Franklin Cider Mill).  Yet we are easily reachable from Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Franklin, Royal Oak, Southfield, and the surrounding areas.  Like myself, two of my colleagues at Psychological Institutes (Drs. Erard and Schwartz) are past-presidents of the Michigan Psychological Association.

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

My Clinical Practice

For more than thirty years, I have treated children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  I have provided therapeutic help to many patients over my years in practice.  My patents tell me that I am a good listener, and I believe I am non-judgmental and empathic.  From my varied and challenging case load, I learn 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.

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 for many years with adults, children and families who are going through or who have gone through a divorce. I specialize in helping adults to recover from the stress of their marital breakdown, helping children to cope with stressful family changes, and in helping parents to reduce their children’s exposure to conflict.

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.

I have worked in different settings as a psychologist, which has broadened my knowledge of my field, and my knowledge of the kinds of problems for which people seek assistance.  I have seen patients in outpatient clinics, worked in inpatient settings (for adults, adolescents and children), and in both mental health and substance abuse treatment hospitals and clinics. Teaching and supervising graduate students and newly trained psychologists has also deepened my knowledge of psychological problems, of the patents who seek our help, and of the treatments which promote real change.

My Forensic Practice

I am a clinical and forensic psychologist.  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 geared to 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 and as a defense expert.  I have also evaluated persons who have committed 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 evaluated persons as to potential psychological disability or fitness to return to work.

In the family law arena I have performed well over two hundred court-ordered child custody evaluations since 1987.  I have been appointed as Parenting Coordinator in well over a hundred cases over the past fifteen years, and I have presented on parenting coordination 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.

I have often worked with divorced families, 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 have been a volunteer 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.

Education

I obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a degree granted in 1984 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.

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) 626-4622.


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

Client Focus

  • Children (6 to 12)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (13 to 21)
  • Adults

Finances

  • Average Cost (per session): $150 (Psychotherapy session)
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Forensic Assessment:  $220 per clock hour; $250 per clock hour (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
Verify your health insurance coverage with my office manager when you call to arrange your first visit at (248) 626-4622

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-present;  Communications Committee, Michigan Psychological Association, 1997-present;  Insurance Committee, Michigan Psychological Association, 1984-1998;  Trustee, Michigan Inter-professional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family, 2005-present.


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With this site, I am hoping to provide information about myself and my practice, as well as some other useful information, and links to other web sites which I think may be helpful to you.

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