I have always been a sensitive, and compassionate person. It wasn’t until I had my first experience of therapy that I felt profoundly accepted for these qualities and actually saw them as an asset to who I am. Therapy was an eye opening experience for me and held the promise of freedom from my limiting beliefs.
Years later I began working as a massage therapist. I became very inquisitive as to how people had chronic “holding” in their bodies and I wondered with them what was the source of these somatic conditions.
I was fascinated, and enrolled in the Somatic Psychology Program at Antioch University. This was a very experiential program where we explored our own issues through a variety of somatic methods. So I really got from the inside out how my body was a reservoir of kinesthetic memories, emotional experiences, and unhealthy family dynamics.
My work at WOMAN Inc. with acutely traumatized clients spurred my pursuit of more in depth trauma training. When I did the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing trainings, I understood the relationship between one’s present difficulties and unprocessed traumatic experiences. My passion for this work resides in the profound power, yet simplicity, of slowing things down, as if looking at a film frame by frame. Thus you can re-experience your traumatized self from a grounded, calm place. And this is where the healing begins.
Educational Background and Work Experience
• BA; University of California; Berkeley, CA, 1983
• MA in Clinical Psychology, Somatic Psychology Program; Antioch University; San Francisco, CA, 1990
• Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; #MFC 31936, 1994
• Somatic Psychotherapy Training; Lomi Community Clinic; 1991-93
• Authentic Movement Therapy Training; Janet Adler, Ph.D.; 1990-1994
• Training in Somatic Treatment for Trauma Resolution, 2002-2006
• Licensed psychotherapist in private practice since 2001
• Three years as Clinical Director providing supervision and training for interns, staff and volunteers at WOMAN INC,
serving survivors of domestic violence
• Three years facilitating crisis intervention and group therapy for patients in mental health inpatient facilities
• Three years leading groups on relapse prevention, anger management, grief and relationship skill in a variety of
• Four years experience working with groups and individuals in substance abuse treatment settings
• Five years teaching somatic trauma resolution to various professional groups
• Six years providing consultation to other therapists on trauma resolution and domestic violence
Areas of Expertise
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Childhood Trauma
• Attachment Issues
• Domestic Violence
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San Francisco, CA 94118