I believe that people come to therapy because they have an inherent desire to be the best, happiest people they can be. Over time, we all develop operating principles that guide our actions and reactions. When these principles work, that’s great, but when they don’t, it can be hard to recognize them and why they aren’t working.
I became a psychologist because I believe that our purpose in life is to live as fully as we can, that unblocking our ‘stuck’ places naturally unleashes our potential for growth, and that often therapy is the most direct way of achieving this goal. I deeply respect the people I see in therapy – their belief in their ability to change, and their willingness to work on their painful, ‘stuck’ places. I feel blessed and lucky to be part of this work and I am honored by the trust my clients give me.
I have a private psychotherapy practice in the Rockridge area of Oakland, near Berkeley. I trained intensively in family therapy at Kaiser Permanente, at the Family Institute of Pinole and at Alameda Family Services. I also received training in the medical and behavioral aspects of counseling while at Kaiser Permanente and have worked with Veterans at the VA in Martinez. My doctoral sub-specialty was helping couples deal with the challenges they face after the birth of their first child. I have facilitated a number of groups of couples adjusting to new parenthood, and I am a regular guest speaker at Alameda Family Services' New Parents Support's new mothers' groups .
I am intimately familiar with career issues from my fifteen years as an Engineer and Vice President of Marketing for high technology businesses. I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, my Masters of Science in the Management of Technology (M.B.A.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and my Doctorate in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.