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I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at Lesley College before obtaining a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Lesley and, later, a Doctorate in Psychology from Meridian University. Additionally, I completed post-graduate training and master’s level certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Hakomi, Pre- and Peri-Natal Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy and System’s Theory for Businesses and Families.
My professional experience began with the study and application of movement and bodywork modalities; specifically, the study of postural alignment relative to early developmental psychological and emotional trauma. This work focused on helping individuals discover and resolve the ways conscious and unconscious memories express in the physical structure and in the nervous system.
My success has been greatly influenced by my early education and experience in approaches such as Aston Patterning, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Authentic Movement, Body Tales, Hypnotherapy, Hakomi and Developmental Psychology.
I was on staff for the S.T.A.R. Process for 10 years, where I refined my approach to the blending of psychological and somatic techniques. At STAR I continued helping people shift unconscious beliefs and unwanted behaviors rooted in pre- and peri-natal trauma and abuse to create lives not dictated by the past. Understanding the role of conception, gestation and birth in adult identity led to training and certification as a Birth and Death Doula as well as a Birth Educator. Attending to the transformative transitions of birth and death has been an on-going influence on my work ever since.
I also studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming at NLPMarin, where I completed their Master Practitioner level training, as well as their advanced trainings in Systems Theory, Attachment Theory and Holographic NLP. I was an Assistant Teacher at NLP Marin for two years during which time my private practice evolved to include sessions centered on addiction issues of all kinds–food addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, attachments to drama and negative people, borderline and narcissistic couples dynamics, etc.
While I was working at NLP Marin, I began to build my business consulting portfolio, as well. As an independent contractor, I worked through the California Leadership Center to bring transformative resources to executives and organizations in Silicon Valley, California, and across the country.
I continue to enjoy the balance of executive coaching/organizational consulting combined with my private therapeutic consultation practice. While work with individuals and couples is the core of what I do, the reality is that all human systems share similar principles and dynamics. I am especially skilled at translating the psychological language and concepts of human development in business settings, specifically in leadership training, executive coaching. In the case of mergers and acquisitions, I am particularly skilled at supporting the integration of the newly blended business culture.
Teaching, public speaking, education, and research was a natural progression as my work with clients resulted in success for so many. I started the Center for Attention Rehabilitation and Education, C.A.R.E., a non-profit, networking care providers in a variety of disciplines, making available at low or no-cost an array of alternative health and wellness services to underserved populations, and to veterans and their families. Research requires a great deal of time, and I choose to devote most of my time to my private practice. As a result, research has been primarily contained within the Master and Doctoral programs I completed. However, I have been serving the non-profit vision and mission, for the past 20 years.
In addition to my professional interests and accomplishments, I enjoy hiking and ocean fishing. I love traveling and learning about other cultures. I am a devoted student of Iyengar Yoga and a lover of the sea.