I earn a living sitting in a comfortable
chair talking with people about the most important issues in their lives.
That’s my standard response when I'm
asked what I do for a living. It's oversimplified, but it captures how I feel each morning coming to work. I'm honored to
be a part of my clients' world and privileged to use my training to help people.
In college I
was a youth worker who decided to take some psychology courses so I could better help the kids with their breakups, parent’s
divorces and teenage angst. This budding interest morphed into a major and several years of graduate school. My education
at Fuller entailed a master’s in theology en route to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a perfect meld of my interests.
I was trained at the LA County/USC Medical Center, Wright Institute Los Angeles and Southern California Psychoanalytic
Institute, and was fortunate to teach courses at Glendale College and Pepperdine University’s graduate school. I’ve
been Clinical Professor for Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology since 2002, teaching a few classes and supervising
graduate students training to become therapists. I’ve
been a psychotherapist since 1997, and continue to pursue growth in music and writing. In 2007 I co-authored a book entitled
What Wives Wish their Husbands Knew About Sex,in 2008 I began writing a blog for Psychology Today
named In Therapy, and I became a Contributing Editor for Psychotherapy Networker Magazine in 2010.
In 2011 I was Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).