About me

My Story

I came from a family who ingrained in me the value of contributing to my community.  So in my youth and adult years, I served as a hospital volunteer, lifeguard, girl scout (with a slew of badges!), homeless shelter and county library volunteer.  At age 13, I dropped my Spanish class to assist disadvantaged children in learning to read (in hindsight, we all know I should have stuck with Spanish class).  

 I have been a psychotherapist since 1990.  I am a LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor) and a CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional). While in graduate school, I became a scientist practitioner in style.  I use research based evidence to be most effective with my clientsThe MBA classes I elected to take during that time have proven to be a great pairing with my clinical skills.  In addition, my years of being coached by a Harvard MBA graduate through my own workplace issues, have been quite helpful in assisting clients in dealing with their own....regardless of their positions on the ladder (or off the ladder) and in their professions, themselves.


I believe that creating a space that feels emotionally safe, accepting, and respectful is paramount in establishing a counselor-client relationship. I work in a collaborative fashion with my clients to address their goals and wishes. You already possess attributes, resiliency, and positive beliefs that we can identify and enhance together--as you make changes you would like to make to have a happier life.

"Holding back tears when they are on the edge of being shed, is just another way we let distorted and dysfunctional societal values control us.  Even though crying can be uncomfortable for most of us (men AND women...trust me), we can choose to be controlled by these values or we can buck the system."