I received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1984 from Alliant International University in San Diego with specialized training in clinical and counseling psychology. I am licensed as as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor and in 1986 I was licensed as a psychologist. I am a founding member of the National Association of Certified Group Psychotherapists and I am a past-president of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association. I belong to eight professional organizations and I am active in three of these: The Santa Clara County and San Mateo County Psychological Associations and Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. I teach cont. ed courses on Group Psychotherapy and I have given several professional level presentations and workshops on social anxiety, relationship issues, codependency, and group psychotherapy.
How psychotherapy can help you
In my approach to counseling I emphasize self-understanding
leading to behavioral change.
Because good psychotherapy puts you and your concerns at the
center stage of a counseling relationship, you have the opportunity
to talk about yourself, explore your own feelings and life
experiences and come to understand your patterns of behavior.
Through this process you begin to understand your needs and
learn how to become more assertive in getting them met. You
develop positive healthy self-esteem, and a stronger sense
In psychotherapy, it has been my experience that most people
make profound life changes for the better. Many of these life
changes are in the form of bringing more people into their
lives, experiencing more rewarding relationships, and changing
patterns of behavior.
Areas of Specialization in Private
Counseling for relationship and commitment issues for couples and
individuals, social isolation and anxiety, self-esteem.
Adult Children of Alcoholics, childhood trauma/abuse.
Couples counseling to improve communication and resolve emotional issues.
Group Psychotherapy for relationship issues, self-esteem, social isolation,
and Interpersonal Skills to develop healthier ways of relating to others.
Counseling for singles issues
Workshops on Relationship Skills
I have been in private practice since 1983. Over that time
I have developed specialization in working with shyness, codependency,
Adult Children of Alcoholics, and relationship issues. In order
to develop these areas of special focus, I have actively studied
and developed methods for working effectively with my clients
on these issues.
Clinical training presentations:
Employee Assistance Program Association, The Unique Benefits
of Group Psychotherapy - Fall 1995
Northern Califalifornia Group Psychotherapy Association:
Group therapy presentation -1996
Calif. Psychological Association: Effective and Dynamic
Psychotherapy Groups, Annual Conference -1996
California Psychological Association: Avoidant Personality
Disorder (Shyness), Annual Conference -1997
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society Clinical
Conference: Too shy to trust, too quiet in group, working
with shy and avoidant clients in group psychotherapy-2000
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
Clinical Conference: Benefits of the Clinical Summaryin
California Psychological Association:Effective and Dynamic
Psychotherapy Groups, Annual Conference-2003
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Clinical Conference: Personality
factors and group psychotherapy leadership:2004.
California Psychological Association: Working with children and adults in
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Clinical Conference: Maximizing the
power of group psychotherapy:2006.
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Clinical Conference: Too Shy to
trust: too quiet in group: working with shy clients in group
Santa Clara County Psychological Association:The Essentials for Starting and
Leading successful psychotherapy groups:2009
Staff Training and Consultation:
Palo Alto Rape Crisis Center -1989-1994
Stress Management, Staff Burnout, Rape Trauma Syndrome,
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Staff training and consultation:Human
Affairs International: Couples Therapy -1992
Staff Training: Family Services, Inc.: Group Therapy -1995
Staff Training: Group Psychotherapy and Shyness: Santa
Clara University Counseling Center -1995
Staff Training: Working with Shy Clients in Counseling:
Stanford University Counseling Center - 1998
American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association
Santa Clara County Psychological Association :Board Member:
1995- present, President-Elect for 1998, President 1999
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
American Group Psychotherapy Association
California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Santa Clara County Psychological Association, President-1999,
Board member 1995-2000
Santa Clara Valley Chapter of Calif. Association of Marriage
and Family Therapists
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