My background is a hybrid of rigorous academic training informed by my ongoing personal interest in yoga, Buddhist psychology and new age consciousness leaders. I received my undergraduate training at the University of Vermont in 1988, with a double major in Religion and Psychology. From there I went to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa, where I pursued my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I relocated to California in 1999 where, following licensure as a psychologist, I established a private practice, which I have been running since 2001.
I have over 30 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have been an addictions counselor, worked with children and families, and have also worked as a psychologist in the prison system. I found my calling in private practice, where I enjoy establishing healing relationships on a one-on-one basis and with couples.
In my personal life, I am the mother of an amazing daughter who will soon be exiting adolescence. I consider my life as a mother to be one of the greatest training programs for being a better person and a better therapist. This has been a happy and unintended outcome of parenting. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, alternative healing practices and attending to unfolding events on the world stage.
The Philosophy of Yoga
Working with Me
What you can expect from me as your therapist is someone willing to offer context for your struggles in psychological theory, including psychodynamic and developmental paradigms, as well as someone well versed in alternative approaches to healing, including nutritional approaches, mind body approaches and spiritual approaches. I am also schooled in the psychology of addiction and often use the 12 step philosophy, as well as Buddhist understandings of addiction, to ground your frustrating and befuddling patterns in a larger human story.
Providing TeleHealth Services Throughout California
I provide adult individual psychotherapy and coaching. My specialities include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief support, and post traumatic stress. I also provide couples counseling and utilize research based tools derived from John Gottman, as well as relational approaches based on Harville Hendrix’s work and attachment theory.
Services provided by Telehealth throughout California . Some insurances are accepted.