I have been working in the field of mental health for over 14 years. I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and my B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University. I also have an M.A. in Liberal Studies from N.Y.U. where I designed my own program in children's creative expression.
Before becoming a therapist I worked with children for over 12 years, and this rich experience contributes to my love of, and curiousity about people.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. I have been working in a private practice since the beginning of 2008. I worked for six years as an intern and now continue in the same private practice as a licensed clinician.
As an intern, I also worked as a therapist for STAND! Against Domestic Violence as an elementary school therapist.
My clinical studies have continued beyond graduate school, as I have completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I use some Gottman Methods in my couple work.
Some trainings I have attended after graduate school include: 1) When ADHD is Part of the Long Term Relationship, Presented by CAMFT & Ellen Walters, MFT, 2) Sexual Addiction Treatment, Presented by the Impulse Treatment Center, 3) 10 Things Every MFT Needs to Know About Sex, Presented by Marty Klein, MFT, PhD, 4) Mindfulness, Trauma, Healing & the Spirit, Presented by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Jack Kornfield, PhD, Daniel Siegel, MD, & Francine Shapiro, PhD, 5) Depression, Presented by Judith Beck, PhD, Francine Shapiro, PhD, & Michael Yapko, PhD, and 6) The Secret Life of Shame: Transforming Buried Pain Into Clinical Treasure, Presented by Harriet Lerner, PhD.
Before, during, and after graduate school I volunteered, substituted, co-facilitated, and then facilitated groups for a drug and alcohol treatment program in a community mental health clinic. I enjoyed my work at this agency and was fortunate to complete my clinical training program there during graduate school.
I was trained in Narrative Therapy in my clinical training program. During this time I worked as an individual, family and couples counselor, middle school counselor, facilitated drug & alcohol treatment groups for adults, facilitated groups for new mothers and new parents, and worked in a Head Start program for one full year.
For four years I was the children's program director in a shelter for women with children. This experience was pivotal for me in learning about the dynamics of domestic violence and its impact on families.
I do not adhere strictly to one theory or take a blanket approach to every client. I consider myself to be an eclectic therapist; I draw upon Narrative, Client-Centered, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches to therapy. I see all my clients as unique individuals, I will meet you with curiosity, and as we get to know each other it will become more clear what will be helpful to you.
When I am not seeing clients, I enjoy parenting my teenagers, making art, and volunteering with dogs at my local animal shelter.
- CAMFT, CA Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
- EBCAMFT, East Bay Chapter, CA Association Marriage & Family Therapists