Experience, Education and Training
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in both Oregon and California with over 15 years experience working in mental health. It's a true privilege to work with my clients and I love my work.
Background and Education
I went to Bowdoin College in Maine where I majored in English Literature and discovered my love of stories and the arc of the inner lives of the characters. After graduation, I moved to New York City and then San Francisco. I later attended The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, where I got my Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
While studying and working to become a clinical psychologist, I accrued over 5000 hours of training, supervision and clinical work all of which allowed me to work with varied and diverse peoples seeking relief from a broad range of issues. I was lucky enough to be able to learn from some of the most gifted clinicians in psychology. I had the good fortune to train at University of California San Franisco at the AIDS Health Project where I focused on psychotherapy and people living with illness and stigma. I did my pre-doctoral training at the Child Trauma Research Project (CTRP) also at UCSF/General Hospital. At CTRP I worked on an NIMH research project, and conducted research and therapy with children and their parents. I completed my post-doctoral training at the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, where I was supervised by Dr Hal Sampson, Ph.D., a brilliant and great teacher. I also worked at a university counseling center and at an agency that offered individual and group therapy to families and children who were struggling with illnesses and loss.
I trained in and studied Attachment Theory, Infant/Parent Psychotherapy, child assessment, Adult Attachment, empirically validated psychotherapies, Control Mastery Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), as well as many other modalities. My training in couples therapy comes from the research and work of John Gottman, Dan Wile and Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) . I'm also incorporating EMDR as part of trauma treatments. I started working in a private practice setting in 2002 and I finished my dissertation on HIV+ adults in group therapy in 2003.
Finally, I come from a creative background and find the process of making something--be it a picture, a meal, a movie, a story--involves many of the same skills a therapist employs: one must pay close attention, see all sides, delve deeply, and use the tools of your profession with awareness and care.