Providing Compassionate and Effective Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families since 1986

About Me

My clinical approach draws mainly on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Strengths-Based Positive Psychology, and Family Systems Therapy. I obtained my MA in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in 1982, a Certificate of Advanced Training in Brief Family Therapy in 1983, and Licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist (Lic.#19874) in 1984. I have worked in private practice since 1986 with individuals, couples, families, and groups on difficult and broad ranging client problems.

Dating from 1981-1999 I worked in several California community based nonprofit counseling programs:

  • SLO Cottage Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center as Adolescent and Family Addictions Therapist
  • SLO Community Sexual Assault & Recovery Center (formerly The Rape Crisis Center) as Educator
  • The Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara as outpatient Individual, Couples and Family Therapist
  • San Leandro Community Counseling Center as outpatient Individual, Couples and Family Therapist
  • The San Leandro Girls Club as outpatient Adolescent and Family Therapist
  • Kairos Residential Treatment Program (for abused and runaway teens) in East Oakland as Program Director
  • Many Hands Day Treatment Program (for seriously mentally ill adults) in Pittsburg as Counselor promoted to Program Director

I have taught Human Sexuality and Marriage & Family Issues at Cuesta College, offered workshops and workplace trainings through the Institute for Professional Development, Cuesta College, and provided classes and workshops to the community on multiple topics pertaining to work/interpersonal/family communication. I worked as a career consultant at the PG&E Career Center working with employees in career transition. Additionally, I have completed training in conflict resolution and have a dedicated meditation practice spanning 15 years.

A member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and a former President of the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT, I was honored by the state organization in 1995 for my contributions.

I am comfortable and experienced with diverse clients, and welcome male and female clients of different religions, ethnicities, and sexual identities/orientations.

My husband of 30 years and I live together; we are the proud parents of a 28 year old son who works as an urban/regional planner developing affordable housing and sustainable communities in California.