I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with an additional California Teaching Credential and BS Degree in Nursing. I have specialized for years in issues related to children, individuals, couples and family therapy and presently maintain a private practice located in both Walnut Creek and San Ramon.
My early background includes ten years of nursing experience in maternal and infant child care, emmergency room, and intensive care. I have worked for over ten years as a marriage and family therapist and more than thirty years in education to include teaching and administration. I graduated from Keuka College for Women (located in NY state), St. Mary's College, and obtained my master's degree in clinical psychology at John F Kennedy University specializing in child, individual, couples, and family therapy and health issues. I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.
My areas of expertise are:
- Parent Education and Skills Development
- Child Development and Behavioral Issues
- Individual and Family Life Cycle Issues
- Self Esteem and Personal Development
- Couples, Individuals, and Marriage Relationship Skills to include Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Managing LifeThreatening Health Issues: Navigating Cancer and Health Challenges Successfully. I am a 3 yr. cancer survivor.
- Trauma, Anxiety and Panic
- Patterns of Self Destruction
- Management Skills related to Anger and Violence
In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, I have presented at National Teaching Conferences and to general audiences, speaking on the topics of self-esteem, child development, parent education and right-left brain development. I am particularly interested in Dr. Amen's theories related to Changing the Brain as a means to changing one's life.
I think of myself as an interactive, solution-focused therapist whose approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges while reauthoring your life. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help you build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.
MA Clinical Psychology
CA Teaching Credential
License, Certifications & Awards
California Board of Behavioral Science MFT License # MFC35246
California Board of Registered Nursing License # 151634
California Teaching Credential
Certified EMDR Specialist
Co publisher of Motor Skills for Young Children
Self Esteem Facilitation
Life and Career Coach
Professional Activities and Memberships