“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
- Carl Jung
I have been privileged to work in the field of psychology for more than 20 years, in private practice and in residential and outpatient clinical settings, helping adults, children and families facing difficulties and challenges in their lives.
I earned my undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Social Psychology and English, and my MA and PhD degrees in Clinical Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. While maintaining a private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 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 Analytical Psychology 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 experience, I’ve practiced meditation and engaged in personal explorations of various meditation traditions. As part of my continuing education, I’ve taken courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC), useful models that integrate well with the aims of psychotherapy. My professional 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.