California Psychology License PSY 22078
PhD Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1991
Sometimes when people find out I’m a psychologist, they ask, “How can you stand to listen to people’s problems all day?” If that was all there was to it, I wouldn’t.
However, as you tell me your story, I am learning what I need to know to help you get unstuck.
What forces shape your beliefs about yourself? Do those beliefs block or promote your freedom to respond creatively to the stress of change? Where are the places that need loosening up and where are the places that need shoring up? Where are the openings for small changes to begin?
These are the questions that keep me in the therapist’s chair from week to week. Ultimately, I am motivated by the satisfaction of accompanying my clients through their transformative journeys toward balance and happiness.
My formal training took place in Texas. A doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas, included a year-long internship at a veteran’s hospital as well as various supervised clinical placements. I have been in private practice since 1993, and relocated from Austin to Petaluma in 2008. My interest in the ways relationships influence individuals and vice versa, runs through my experiences in the field, from research in graduate school, and the way I practice individual and marriage counseling, to my training in group therapy.