Special areas of Knowledge:
- Individuals and couples wanting to engage and reflect on their relationship to money, family finances, and creating life transitions.
- Individuals and couples involved in co-work relationships or co-ownership of a family-owned business. This includes the transfer of power, management, and work responsibilities among family members, or between generations
- Couples or families struggling to resolve step-parenting issues.
- Couples that are committed to growing and/or maintaining a meaningful loving relationship.
- Resolving the betrayal of intimacy that results from emotional/physical/extra-marital affairs.
- Families or couples facing drug or alcohol problems.
- Families or couples challenged by adolescence, or any particular stage in the developmental family lifecycle; including retirement, aging, or boomeranging adult children.
- Individuals working with personal problems.
I was raised in San Diego California, close to the ocean. I have four siblings. Experiencing my parents raising five teenagers definitely contributed to my specializing in adolescents and family therapy. Marrying later in life, I became the step-parent of two young adult children. I enjoy backyard urban and community gardening, travel, and time with family and friends. I have been a student of meditation practices for over twenty-five years.
I began my clinical work in the mid 1970’s. I was licensed by the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1980, the same year I opened my private practice.
In addition to working with adolescents, families and individuals, I have honed my work with couples. I continue to incorporate new methods, including the Narrative Approach to couples work, and I have completed the Level 3 Practicum training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.
Throughout the 1990’s, I taught advanced couples therapy and family therapy at USF in Santa Rosa, and at the Tomales School of Psychotherapy. I have also guest-lectured at Sonoma State University in the Psychology and Counseling programs.
Originally, my work revolved around adolescents and their families, which included specialized training in the areas of step-parenting, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other issues that affect families. I continue to work with clients facing these issues, along with my current interests that concern couples, family-owned businesses, and family finances. A number of my clients are individuals doing work on bettering their lives, as they face what life delivers in terms of transitions, illness, divorce, anxiety and depression.
I have had the privilege of working with clients over decades. Sometimes I don’t see clients for years until they come in for a ‘check-in’ on a particular problem. I am always honored to be consulted and I enjoy catching up on the ‘news of a person’s life.’