I have nearly 20 years of experience in clinical settings, working with adults, children, and families facing challenges and difficulties in their lives.
I earned my undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Social Psychology and English; and my PhD and MA degrees in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. I pursued additional training in psychoanalysis at Wright Institute Los Angeles, where I received a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Jungian psychoanalysis at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. My way of working weaves together what I regard as the most effective, most profound teachings in both of these traditions of depth psychology.
Prior to my years in graduate school, and threaded through my years of professional training, I’ve practiced meditation and engaged in personal explorations of Buddhist meditation traditions. My psychotherapy practice is increasingly influenced by my experiences with mindfulness meditation, as I’ve come to know it more deeply as a place of refuge in a complex world.
I’ve been very fortunate to have had extended stays in countries of South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. My travel experiences, especially in formative years, exposed me to worldviews and diverse ways of living that stay with me and influence my thinking.
I am a wife and mother, a daughter to aging family members, and I understand that life is a balancing act. What I’ve learned through experiences with depth psychology and mindfulness practice is that the hustle and movement of the everyday can be infused with richer shades of meaning, that life at the most personal and individual levels can be brought into connection with something larger and more purposeful, and that inner strength and guidance can be grown at nearly any stage of life.