I am a licensed Psychologist in the State of California. I have received my Masters Degree and PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. I came to psychology in mid-life after 5 years as a bodyworker and breathworker led me towards an increasing curiosity about the human spirit and psyche. Before being a bodyworker, I worked for about 15 years in the high-tech industry. I currently live on the peninsula with my family and dog and enjoy backpacking and water activities in my spare time.
My focus of study during my graduate training years, in addition to clinical training, was cultural-psychology, peace psychology, and transpersonal psychology. My dissertation research focused on the qualities that enable spiritually-oriented peace activists working in cross-cultural settings to succeed. This project required world travel and I received awards for my work through the American Psychological Association. After my doctorate training was completed, I have continued to receive training in LGBT issues, Existential-Humanistic Psychology, trauma symptom reduction techniques, and new advances in the field of interpersonal neurobiology among others.
My therapeutic focus includes drawing from several modalities depending on the needs of any given client. The major tools in my tool kit include approaches taken from existential-humanistic psychology, relational/attachment based psychotherapy, somatic psychotherapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy.
Although I work with clients who come in with many varied life challenges to focus on, I have the most concentrated experience with trauma survivors, PTSD, depression, anxiety issues, relational challenges, sexuality issues, sexual identity issues, LGBT issues, and chronic pain. During our initial phone or in-person contact I will help you to determine if my background is a good match for your needs.