My Background

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in practice as a psychotherapist for seventeen years. My first private practice was in Sherman Oaks, California, where I saw adults, couples and older teens. From 2007 to 2011, I taught as a part-time faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work at California State University at Northridge. In this role, I offered mentoring and professional development guidance for brand new social workers.

In an effort to raise emotionally healthy and well-behaved kids, I study with Portland author, JoAnne Nordling and her work, Taking Charge: Caring Discipline That Works. I teach parenting classes and offer parent coaching in Portland through the Parent Support Center PDX

I trained with the Growth and Transition Workshops in Tucson AZ, learning the work and techniques of death and dying expert Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

After fifteen years offering talk therapy to my clients, I sought first level traning in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This cutting edge form of therapy seeks to work with the body and mind, to help people face their blocks. SP is based on the premise that when faced with trauma or chronic, unremitting stress, the body finds strategies to survive through freezing, fighting, going limp or attaching. The body remembers this strategy and continues to employ it long after the trauma and stress is over, but when the body/mind experiences stress. I hope to help clients more fully integrate their emotional experiences as I learn this powerful modality.