About

September 2016: Dr. Sircus with David Burns, Ph.D., author of  Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

September 2016: Dr. Sircus with David Burns, Ph.D., author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

It is a privilege to work as a psychologist. I have tremendous regard and respect for my clients. It is always a sacred responsibility when people are sharing their greatest vulnerabilities.

I assist my clients with both the necessary support and specific strategies to facilitate resolution of their problematic concerns or issues. I have a cognitive behavioral orientation that utilizes a goal directed problem centered approach to treatment. If I am thinking negatively, I am feeling negative, and as a consequence, I am behaving in a negative or maladaptive manner.Many issues can be addressed in just a few sessions.

August 2017: Dr. Sircus at  the APA conference in Washington, DC with Martin Seligman Ph.D., author of  The Learned Helplessness Model

August 2017: Dr. Sircus at the APA conference in Washington, DC with Martin Seligman Ph.D., author of The Learned Helplessness Model

When I learn what the goals for treatment might be, I typically base the work that we do together on the most current research or behavioral outcome studies to determine the most effective treatment approaches.

I have worked as a clinician at Milan Prison, the Boston VA Medical Center, Boston Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapies, and Beaumont Hospitals Division of Preventive and Nutritional Medicine.

My special interests include: anxiety and depression, relationship issues, eating disorders including behavioral approaches to weight loss, infertility, anger management, and coping with illness and loss. I have had post-doctoral training in cognitive behavior therapy and completed coursework with leading researchers in the fields of obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, learning difficulties including ADHD and executive dysfunction, and eating disorders including bulimia. I have 30 years of experience treating clients via exposure to interoceptive cues, exposure and response prevention. I am currently adjunct faculty at Wayne State University where I teach undergraduate psychology. I have also taught at the University of Michigan Dearborn.