I really enjoy playing a role in creating the conditions for emotional, psychological and spiritual growth to happen in my clients and students. I know from experience that we human beings can accomplish great things if we get out of our own way and learn to accept ourselves and others just as we are.
The foundation of my approach to this work is mindfulness practice. I have personally practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years and have found it to be a transformative force in my life. I have received training from John Kabot Zinn. I have also completed the two and half year dharma leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
I am a licensed as a clinical social worker and professional counselor specializing in mindfulness-based individual, couples and family therapy. Prior to my work in private practice I had twenty years of clinical and management level experience in community mental health and social services.
I am a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. My treatment approach is to provide support, deep exploration and practical feedback to help you to resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. I incorporate a blend of conventional western and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to provide what will be most helpful for you. With sensitivity, compassion and supportive feedback, I will help you to build on your strengths to identify and achieve your therapy goals
I have extensive training in a variety of ways to do therapy. Some of the approaches I use include: acceptance and commitment therapy, scientifically-based marriage therapy (Gottman), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), narative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based body centered therapy, and mindfulness meditation. I have taught mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years and have completed training with John Kabat-Zinn.