I am licensed by the Kentucky State Board of Psychology to practice clinical psychology. I have been in private practice in the Louisville area for over 30 years, and I have been privileged to work with over two thousand couples, five thousand individuals, and a few hundred families. As an experienced practitioner, I provide:
- Individual psychotherapy for all ages: children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics;
- Marital therapy for couples, family therapy for families, and on occasion group therapy;
- Diagnostic evaluations using tests of intellectual and emotional functioning.
Clinical psychologists are specially trained in the theories, diagnostic tools and psychological treatment approaches that research has proven to be successful in helping people learn to live happier, more fulfilling lives. Psychologists are not licensed to prescribe or administer medications, although I can facilitate a referral to a physician when medication seems likely to help you get more out of our sessions.
Teletherapy/Counseling by Phone/Webcam
Counseling by phone or webcam is done by appointment, billed at smaller (10-minute) increments. Telephone or webcam consultation costs $150 per hour. The basic minimum for a scheduled telephone or webcam contact is $25 for 10 minutes, with pieces of run-over time (1-5 minutes per call) free. The technology I use for webcam interviews are FaceTime and Skype, which offer a free set-up with free minutes over your computer. Clients will need to arrange this ahead of time, when we can discuss the limits of confidentiality inherent in using the internet as our vehicle for conversation. Payment can be made by credit cards or health services cards.
As an ongoing part of either counseling or life coaching, my clients and I often want to deepen our understanding of what’s going on inside. I have been very well trained in personality testing, and it is an enjoyable and constructive experience for most of the people who work with me. Most instruments costs $50, and include both a written summary and verbal feedback recorded for you in my office. The following four instruments are the ones I use most often:
The Personality Research Form (PRF, $50)
This 352-item true-false test measures 20 needs or drives in your personality. I use it when folks want us both to know what they do and don’t like to be, and when they want new ways to tell others about it. It measures:
- Asking for Help
- Definite Planning
- New Experiences
- Playing it Safe
- Popular Approval
- Public Attention
- Sensual Awareness
- Work Endurance
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI, $50)
175 true-false items show tendencies to create problems for self and others. It measures similarities to people who have been diagnosed to have various mental, emotional, behavioral, and personality disorders. It is a big help to see what might be undermining progress in life, and can show when taking medication can bring positive results. It measures attitudes toward taking the test (validity), and the following Axis 2 clinical personality patterns (in parentheses is a layman’s description):
Schizoid (Burned Out), Avoidant (On Guard), Depressive, Dependent (People-pleasing), Histrionic (Superficial Charm and Drama), Narcissistic (Image Management), Antisocial (Sneaky Rebellion), Sadistic (Aggressive Toughness), Compulsive (Rigid Perfectionism), Negativistic (Passive-aggressive), and Masochistic (Self-defeating). Extreme scores indicate personality disorders. These personality patterns are often seen as ego-syntonic, and typically bother others more than the client.
Then it measures the Axis 1 symptoms that are bothering the test-taker. It indicates both tendencies toward and current symptoms of the three types of major disorders: Thought disorders like schizophrenia, Mood disorders (major depression, mania, and bipolar illness), and Delusional disorders such as paranoia. Separate scales measure the severity of Anxiety symptoms (phobias, panic disorder), Somatoform (conversion disorders, psychosomatic and stress-related physical problems), Dysthymia (mild depression), Alcohol and Drug Abuse/Dependence, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (long-term after-effects from past trauma).
Strong Interest Inventory (SII, $50)
317 multiple choice questions are designed to show what will be the enduring patterns of interest in all the various fields of employment. Its primary use is in choosing vocations, whether to go to college, or even what to major in at a university. It is also helpful in choosing the setting and motivational conditions within a career that will produce optimal effectiveness. This test also helps people look at their leisure life, suggesting avocational activities that are likely to be most fulfilling. This can be very useful in planning retirement, or helping couples have more fun together.
The Character Assessment Scale (CAS, $50)
- 225 true-false items. I am the author of this test, but it was presented at APA’s annual convention in Los Angeles, and it has been used in six continents across the world. It measures the seven deadly sins plus a lie scale, and as a proactive challenge, it also shows the adaptive counterpart attitudes. Handouts are available for devotional study with biblical passages for each of the eight content areas. The CAS shows positive and negative uses of eight moral resources:
- Character Moral Character
- Weaknesses Resources Strengths
- Denial Truth Honesty
- Vanity (Pride) Respect Humility
- Envy Concern Compassion
- Resentment Anger Peacemaking
- Greed Money Resourcefulness
- Laziness Time / Energy Enthusiasm
- Lust Sexuality Sexual Integrity
- Gluttony Body / Health Physical Fitness
The Sexual Dependency Inventory (SDI, $70, $100 if consulting for another counselor)
This instrument is taken online, and results are sent to me online immediately, as well as given by me in session. The cost covers the time I will spend going over it (35 pages), and the extra cost to me per administration (fees to the test authors/computer scorers). It will tell you how you compare to normal folks and to sex addicts regarding your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. It outlines what you need to learn/work on, and how things will likely deteriorate if you don’t. If you have a sexual addiction, remember this disease is primary (you must treat this before any other problem such as marital or spiritual will improve), progressive (it gets worse if untreated, so that what it takes to satisfy you now soon won’t be enough), and fatal (it will kill your relationships and self-esteem, and if untreated, it will more than likely kill YOU, because giving it up almost always results in other addictions, many of which are also deadly).
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI, $60)
This 567-item true-false test measures dozens of signs of dysfunctional thinking, relating, behaving, and handling emotions. Much like the MCMI above, it compares your answers to those of people who have been diagnosed with various personality/mental/emotional/relational disorders. It is a must if you are going to court to prove something. It has seven “lie scales” to show tendencies to deceive yourself or others about these matters.
Topics for Church Groups
- Coping with Difficult People
- Inviting God’s Love Life into Your Marriage
- The Seven Deadly Sins and Lively Virtues
- Moral Conflicts in the Church or Family
- Settling Grievances at Work or at Church
- The Bible’s 4 Models for Family Relationships
- 3 Worldviews as Stages of Spiritual Growth
- A Christian Approach to Diet and Exercise
- Sexual Addiction: Causes, Effects, Cures
- Pornography and Infidelity on the Computer
(Topics in italics can be weekend retreats)
Topics for Single Adult Groups
- Recovering from Heartbreaks in Love
- Relationships as Living Creations
- Sex before Marriage: Counting the Cost
- Harnessing (and yet Enjoying) the Sex Drive
- Nonsexual Intimacy: Closeness that Lasts
- The Five Seasons of Love Relationships
- How Living Together Hurts Marriage
- Love Life for the Widowed and Divorced
- Negotiating the Terms of your Relationship
- Four Models for Romance in Dating