My formal graduate education in Clinical Psychology took place at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I began in 1994 and graduated in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. While much time was spent in the classroom, I also was fortunate to get intensive concurrent training at a variety of sites, including: The Family Service Agency of San Francisco, The Wright Institute Clinic in Berkeley, Mills College Counseling Center in Oakland, and the UCSF/Mount Zion Outpatient Psychiatry Program in San Francisco. I obtained my BA in Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1990. Here I developed my desire to work as a psychologist largely through my job as a Writing Tutor for the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs.

For three years I worked closely with many students from all walks of life on their writing assignments. Through these work relationships I was able to experience over and over again how good listening, compassion and a determined joining together can help people feel better about their life stories, their ways of thinking, and their modes of self-expression.Between college and graduate school I was employed in the field in a variety of positions. I worked as a child counselor at Seneca Center in San Leandro; as a writing and computer tutor in the classroom at Martin Luther King Junior High School in Berkeley, and as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland.All of these experiences, and my own psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, have informed my career choices in general and my specific career choice to work in private practice. I have been at work in private practice since June of 2000.

Professional Affiliations:

• California State License PSY18632
• California Psychological Association
• San Francisco Psychological Association
• Alameda County Psychological Association
• Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
• San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society -- Friends

I am committed to working with people who believe they can benefit from psychotherapy as a life tool and who are interested in the insight and support psychotherapy can offer. Whether it is a crisis or not; whether it is stopping you in your tracks or just causing some unease, I believe that times of great difficulty can offer up opportunities for important life changes. Psychotherapy can be an important aspect of this growth process.