I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Sonoma, California. I've been in private practice for over twenty years.
I work with individuals and couples. I've always loved working with people to help them in their relationships, as well as with any parenting issues. I also help people who are hoping to get into a strong, committed relationship and/or want help with dating. Over the years, many of the people I've worked with have gotten relief from problems including anxiety, shyness, low self-esteem, grief, self-acceptance, depression and communication. Parents who want to get better at calmly setting limits with their children or who want help brainstorming options around parenting can benefit from my Parent Coaching, as well.
I have also worked with hundreds of couples, and I am adept at helping people to feel I'm hearing them and am not taking sides. I regularly check in during sessions to insure that each partner feels understood. My clients know early on that if something isn't working in the therapy process, they can let me know and I won't take it personally. You, the client, are so often the best judge of what will help you the most!
I love helping people get in touch with the Truth of who they are: lovable, whole, and enough. Many people get a deep sense of satisfaction that there are more choices available to them than they were originally aware of. Knowing that you are innately good is crucial in my therapy approach.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Private practice, 1991-present.
Couples Communications Skills Workshops
Piedmont Adult School, 2003. Piedmont, CA
St. Luke's Partial Hospitalization Program, 1995-1997. San Francisco & Oakland
Group Leader for:
Stress Reduction Through Visualization
Self Esteem and Assertiveness
Dealing with Difficult Relationships.
Treatment Research Unit of U.C. San Francisco, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, 1993-1995.
San Francisco, CA.
M.A. Clinical Psychology
John F. Kennedy University
Orinda, CA 1988
While in graduate school, I was one of a small group of students chosen by the faculty to receive advanced training in psychotherapy.
University of California
Berkeley, CA 1983
With an emphasis on Existential Philosophy.
I take 15-20 additional hours of training each year
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Real World, with Cross Country Education Seminars
Scientifically-Based Marital Therapy with John Gottman, Ph.D
The Social Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Changing the Brain Through Healing Relationships with Louis Cozolino, Ph.D
Inside the Manipulator's Mind: The Insider's Guide to Ending Emotional Exploitation with Cross Country EducationThe Law and Domestic Violence, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Emotional Manipulation: Understanding Manipulators and Helping their Victims, with Jim Fogarty, EdD
Counseling For Couples: Understanding and Improving Love Relationships, with Jeannie Staudt, Cross Country Education
Exceptions to Confidentiality, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
GLBT and Other Diversity Issues, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
How Positive Psychological Changes Our Lives, with Lynn Johnson PhD, Cross Country Education
Control Mastery Theory, with Steven A. Foreman, M.D., President, San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group
Professional Ethics for MFT's, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Child Abuse Reporting, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Confidentiality, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Practice & Imagination in the Process of Change, with James M. Foreman, Psychotherapy Networker
Emotionally Focused Therapy, with Ann Margulies, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Dangerous Patients and the Therapists Duty, with Richard S. Leslie, J.D, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Spousal Partner Abuse, with Marcia Iris Baum, LCSW, MIB Continuing Education
Making Sense of the Child Welfare System, with Penny James, MFT, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Dual Relationships and Boundaries in Therapy, with Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
Innovations in Couples Therapy: Turning Fights Into Intimate
Conversations, with Daniel Wile, MFT at John F. Kennedy University
Ethics and the Law, with John F. Kennedy University
Depth Oriented Brief Therapy Trainings, with Bruce Ecker, MFT