I have always been interested in the way families ebb and flow over time with love and caring, disappointment and forgiveness, discord, recommitment, growth, and celebration.
In my 20 years as a neonatal nurse, I saw how even the most joyfully anticipated event might result in fear and distress. But when I was called to care for an ill loved one I experienced firsthand the effects of fear and worry on previously effective coping skills.
These experiences – caring for tiny babies and their families, and learning the power of the mind over the body – inspired me to pursue studies in psychology in order to better understand the mind-body-spirit connection, and how I might help others to find their inner strengths and wisdom.
My approach is based on my studies of Existential-Humanistic, Jungian, and Buddhist psychologies, and the theory of Cultural Humility. I believe an accepting and nurturing therapeutic relationship must maintain awareness of how our similarities and differences impact our work together.
But most important is what you bring, because you are the expert on your life. Your goals, your priorities, and your abilities are at the forefront of our journey as we discover ways to move you toward relieving distress, gaining wisdom, and achieving your dreams.
PsyD Clinical Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies
MA Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies
Buddhist Psychology Emphasis
John F. Kennedy University
Sonoma State University
“The Sounds of Silence”
An exploration of the significance of silence
in the psychotherapeutic relationship.
“Born Before Term, Adults Making Meaning”
A study of how young adults make meaning
of having been born pre-term.