Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused
I believe we are all drawn toward health and well-being. From our first session together, you'll discover a supportive, confidential, nurturing, and accepting environment where individual adults deepen your relationship with yourself, further enriching your personal journey; couples develop effective communication while enhancing intimacy and commitment; young adults enjoy respect and encouragement to overcome life's challenges; and parents create positive, harmonious family relationships.
Whether you are working through stress and anxiety, parenting difficulties, or you are overcoming challenges with life transitions, I can help you take the next steps on your path to reaching your highest potential. I bring caring, compassion and humor to our work together as we find the most effective ways for you to improve your life and enjoy the well-being you deserve. I offer a diversity friendly practice where all are welcome.
BA - American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz
MS - Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University
PhD - Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University
I've often said I did not choose this profession. It chose me. Some of my earliest memories are of people wanting to share their difficulties with me, and I have always loved the privilege of sharing in other people's journeys. Once I started teaching young children, and then completing my training and education as a Psychologist, I've never looked back. It's the perfect path for me.
I love hiking, whether on local trails or on mountain adventures. I am an avid reader particularly of historical fiction, because I just love to learn. I am also a semi-professional baker. The joy of watching other people enjoy my baked goods is even better than eating them myself. I also love gardening and growing plants, whether inside or outside.
I meditate every day, which causes me to do a lot of journaling and exploring of myself.
A few of the books I've read more than once (a short list since there are so many more to get to) include: Shogun, The Mists of Avalon, Lincoln By Gore Vidal, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and I Claudius.
I have been a non-stop companion animal parent for more than 30 years. I once had a dog who was such a free spirit that there was literally no "yard" that could contain her. She "ran away" so many times to the taco stand at the local bus station that I had their number on speed dial. I would call and say, "Have you seen Shadow there today?" and they would often respond (knowing exactly who I was and who she was), "No, I haven't seen her but if she comes around I'll give you a call!" She was my best friend for 14 years until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, where there are tacos whenever she wants, I'm sure.
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