My Practice:  About Me & About You

About Me

I have been providing psychotherapy and counseling for over 25 years, and am a Licensed Psychologist. Over this time, I have utilized an integration of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches. I also draw on principles of positive psychology and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

As I work with individuals and couples, my goal is to provide a supportive, confidential, and respectful environment. Colleagues and clients have described me as down-to-earth, warm and genuine. My aim is to increase your personal effectiveness and resilience to adversity. I work collaboratively with you toward reducing anxiety/stress, shyness, sadness and depression, as well as improving relationships, increasing your self-esteem, self-acceptance and resolving conflict.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on how your thoughts about yourself, others, and the world affect the way you feel and behave. Humanistic, psychodynamic, and positive psychology approaches involve developing your ability to better understand, take care of, and appreciate yourself as an individual, with your unique voice and goals. Mindfulness practice can help you reconnect non-judgmentally to the present moment, rather than focus on the pain of the past or the worry about the future. Increased overall happiness is often the result of these modalities.

My approach with you will depend on your specific needs. I have learned that people seeking counseling and psychotherapy are often looking for specific skill sets they may be lacking. Developing such skill sets to meet your specific needs is my specialty.

Education

  • 1991 California Psychologist License: #PSY 12173
  • 1989 PhD in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA
  • 1986 MA in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA
  • 1984 BA in Psychology, California State University, Northridge, CA

Honors

  • Doctoral Dissertation Defense with Honors
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Affiliations

I am a member of the following associations. Please visit their websites for further information about research and resources related to their specialty topics. Many of them will also send you free information on specific topics if you call and ask.

American Psychological Association (APA)
California Psychological Association (CPA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA)
Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (APA Div. 44 )

About You

It may interest you to know that my practice consists of adults, either as individuals or couples. About one third of my practice has been heterosexual clients; two thirds of my clients have been lesbian or gay. I am comfortable working with many types of people, and am trained to assist you in creating the changes you desire in your life.

Whatever you are dealing with, I can best help you if you are willing to:

  • learn about yourself
  • work on containing destructive impulses
  • take good care of your physical self
  • look at yourself with honesty
  • express yourself, even when it’s tough
  • do homework consistently