Why I became a therapist . . .

Even in my preteen years, I knew I felt great empathy for other people. I sat with the girl from another country at lunchtime when my friends would not. I joined groups which promoted compassion and connection to others. I loved working in environments where individuals were valued and supported.

I started as a teacher, in both elementary and high schools. I felt drawn to opportunities where I could work one-on-one with my students. In these experiences, the kids talked about how they lived and what was going on at home. When I heard their personal stories, I knew I wanted to do counseling as my career. I attended graduate school in a rural area, learning how counseling works. From that program in the early 70’s, I began to develop my own style of working with you in therapy, which I discuss on the Psychotherapy Services page. In order to better help other people, I got into intensive psychotherapy for number of years, exploring my own life questions. I still consult psychotherapists when I have the need.

In 1989, I returned to graduate school for my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I knew I wanted to do private practice and possibly research and evaluations. I absolutely loved it! Those incredibly rich clinical experiences included children and adults of all ages, as well as men and women from widely divergent backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures.

I now work with individual adults from the S.F. Bay Area. My specialties naturally emerged from my nearly 28 years of varied and dynamic counseling experiences and my understanding of how change happens. I continue to learn about many dimensions of psychology, as you will note below. Throughout my psychotherapy career, I have worked closely with other professionals in the health, social service, education, and spiritual communities to provide you with the best possible support. I will gladly provide you with more information at any time you wish.

Experience and Training

  • 28 years practicing psychotherapy
  • Extensive work with individuals from dysfunctional families
  • Familiar with substance abuse recovery
  • Multicultural experience and training
  • Commitment to highest degree of ethics and competency
  • Member of professional organizations: APA, CPA, and Marin County Psychological Association


  • Ph.D.  in Clinical Psychology    1994
  • California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco CA
  • M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling   1974
  • Antioch University, Keene NH


Advanced Professional Training:

  • Completing Certification as Classical Adlerian Psychotherapist
  •      Distance Training with mentor Henry Stein, Ph.D., since 2015


Relationships and Codependency

  • Fear of Intimacy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Partner Abuse and Domestic Violence

Stress and Health

  • Listening to the Body: Understanding the Language of Stress
  • Advanced Topics in Addiction Treatment
  • Treating People with Chronic Disease
  • Mind-Body Medicine: What Do We Know and What Does It Mean
  •      For Your Practice


  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Trauma and Substance Abuse
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  •     Week-long training with Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.


  • Psychotherapy Ethics and Counseling
  • California Law and Ethics – several
  • Art and Practice of Supervision