I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University in 1985. I had been a school teacher in my former career. I also have an M.A. in School Counseling and have worked with children and adolescents.
I worked as a Crime Victim specialist at the Michigan State University Counseling Center, helping mostly survivors of rape. I supervised interns and led groups for young women who had been abused in relationships with partners.
When I moved from Michigan to California, I was a supervising psychologist for the Campion Counseling Center in Santa Monica, which specializes in helping children and spouses in families with domestic violence.
I worked with mothers in the Cedars Sinai Toddler Program and supervised interns in private practice.
My excellent training and professional development have prepared me to help with many different types of clients. I have been trained psychodynamically, i.e. looking at patterns and causes for behavior from the past family dynamics; I also work very actively with changing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, emotions and body distress in the present. My aim is to help you gently confront what is really going on and what you need to do to get better.
I have led groups for Compulsive Overeaters, Women Who Love Too Much, Meeting Your Spiritual Partner, and Loving Your Body.
I have supervised many beginning therapists to become effective healers, both in counseling centers and in private practice.