HAVING SPENT MANY YEARS in the business world, mostly in high tech, some time ago I decided to pursue an old dream and follow a path to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Returning to graduate school, I obtained a Masters degree in clinical psychology and then continued on to achieve a Doctor of Education in counseling psychology. I’ve now been in the practice of psychotherapy for over a decade.
Previously, as a county mental health clinician in northern California, I worked with severely emotionally disturbed children in a school setting for five years. For several years after that, I provided counseling and case management services for adults diagnosed with a mental illness who were involved in the criminal justice system as part of a community program designed to keep them out of jail or prison.
In my private practice, I see adults, couples and children. My focus is on such issues as grief and loss, anger, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, communication concerns, impulsivity, parenting, sexuality and gender identity.
My therapy style blends psychodynamic, relational and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approaches built on a foundation of real life experience and compassion, with a touch of humor thrown in for good measure. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)