Education and Training

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley, and earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

After earning my Master’s degree, I worked for several years as an intern at Hospice of Santa Cruz County, specializing in grief counseling and facilitation of grief support groups.  Since loss is a part of nearly everyone’s life, helping people to grieve continues to be an important part of my work.

Thereafter, I worked for several years as an intern at Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, serving individuals, couples and families, as well as teens and younger children.   While at Family Service Agency, I worked with a diverse population, and received training in a wide variety of healing modalities.  I draw from this broad experience in my private practice.

For the last ten years I have trained extensively in Internal Family Systems therapy, including in-depth training in couples counseling.  I have found this modality extremely helpful for couples, increasing curiosity and compassion for the other person while deepening each partner’s understanding of his or her part in their struggles.

My education and training is ongoing.  I take seriously my obligation to provide effective therapy, and continually hone my skills to be the best therapist I can be.