About Me

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I consider my work as a therapist to be my vocation, my calling, as well as my profession. I feel passionate about the value of good therapy, and I’m dedicated to my clients’ unique unfolding and increasing experience of authenticity and well being.

For the last two decades I’ve received training and have worked in modalities that have given me great range and depth of experience. My solid foundation in both Eastern and Western psychologies informs the work I do with clients.

My natural spiritual inclinations brought me to Spirit Rock Meditation Center almost 20 years ago, and since that time I’ve been deeply involved in mindfulness meditation both personally and professionally. In 2007 I participated in a 2-year program where I practiced and studied with several respected teachers, which deepened my understanding both experientially and intellectually. I have also taught meditation in various settings.

•I have worked with persistently mentally ill clients in a mental health clinic as well as in my own private practice.

•For several years I was the Director of a program in a non-profit setting which offered group and individual therapy to disadvantaged families, helping them to more skillfully manage the challenges of daily living.

•In 2005 I became a consultant to help those who have suffered spiritual and emotional wounding by religious authority. I continue this work today.

•I have trained with Sue Johnson in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, an attachment-oriented approach to couple’s work, endorsed by the American Psychological Association as the most successful approach to couples therapy.

•I have also trained with Diana Fosha in AEDP, which is a transformation-based, healing-oriented model of therapy. Developed by Dr. Fosha, it has roots in many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches, and transformational studies.

My approach integrates the best of my training, which includes mindfulness, somatic, attachment, and depth orientations. Because of my experience and training I see many clients who have suffered from childhood trauma. In addition, many clients come to me because of my grounding in meditation and spiritual practice or Eastern psychology.