I know first hand how painful and confusing it is to be raised this way. My personal recovery, training and therapeutic work provides me with tools and optimism to understand what it takes to overcome this pain.
In helping you, my role is to provide education, support the important grief process, collaborate in our work together and skillfully guide you through the stages of healing; with compassion, patience and humor.
Summary of Clinical Experience:
With over 30 years as a licensed therapist in California, I was initially trained as a family therapist and gained valuable experience working with teens in settings to include foster care, wilderness therapy and psychiatric hospitals. My passion for this population included supervising interns, writing a workbook on facilitating adolescent groups, and publishing articles on parenting at-risk teens, on about.com.
My Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) is from the University of Denver and my undergraduate degree is in Psychology from The American University in Washington, D.C. I actively pursue clinical training in understanding personality disorders, providing supervision, new therapeutic strategies and treating addictions.
Educational and professional experiences finally unlocked the mystery of my own family’s dysfunction and in doing so I discovered my passion to help others do the same. I’m determined to share as much as I can with as many people as I can, through writing, providing therapy, and offering training and consultation to mental health professionals.
I’m deeply grateful for the personal training I’ve received from top experts in this field to include: Karyl McBride, author of Will I Ever Be Good Enough, Wendy Behary, LCSW, international expert on narcissism and author of the book, Disarming the Narcissist, and Jeffrey Young, the developer of schema therapy and author of Reinventing Your Life.