About Me   

Education:

M.S. Purdue University Calumet

Ph.D. Virginia Tech

Professional Roles:

Program Director and Tenured, Associate Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Program, UNLV

Founding, board, and research committee member of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association

So why would I want a solution-focused brief therapist? I often get asked this question and I love answering it. Solution-focused therapy draws upon a client’s resources to help them live their desired life despite obstacles and challenges that arise. SFBT therapists believe that it is useful to focus on one’s goals, strengths, and successes PLUS we have the research to back our effectiveness (see http://www.solutionsdoc.co.uk/sft.html for an up-to-date list of published research). Given that most people attend 10 or fewer therapy sessions, SFBT is ideal because it is tailored to work in as little as one session (Sundstron, 1993). Plus, SFBT has been used to successfully treat many types of presenting issues such as depression, substance abuse, anxiety and the list goes on and on (Kim, 2007; Smock et al., 2008). 

Updates and Press:

Evidence-Based Recognition! My clinical research has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as an evidence-based practice (click here to see SFGT).