After a stint in the world of journalism, I decided to devote myself to a more in-depth study of people and entered graduate study in psychology. I deeply enjoy being a psychotherapist. In addition to maintaining my private practice, I serve on the supervisory faculty at The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Currently, I am a candidate in advanced training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC).
Education and Training: I received my master's degree in clinical psychology from CIIS in 2000. I took an inter-disciplinary approach by studying traditional and contemporary approaches to psychotherapy, eastern and western wisdom traditions, and comparative philosophy. Afterwards, I completed the Post-Graduate Training Program at TPI while providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to adults and couples at TPI's community clinic. In addition, I completed training in child and family therapy at Bay Area Community Resources (Gateway Project) while working as a psychotherapist at Helms Middle School in West Contra Costa County.
Other Professional Activities: I have been a clinical supervisor and director at WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Diseases) and a curriculum writer and instructor for The Lotus Project, a federal program designed to increase peer-based psycho-social services for HIV+ women and their families in majorly affected regions of the U.S. As co-chair of a trauma task force launched by the Family Care Network of Alameda County, I helped design a PTSD/trauma training series attended by medical providers working with marginalized patients. I have taught therapists and other providers about the subject of countertransference for many years and have provided seminars on collaborative community mental health at national conferences.
Affiliations: The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI); Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC); Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP); and the California Association for Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT).