I am a lifelong resident of Marin County where I have been doing professional counseling since 2004. Prior to that, I worked with people in various capacities my whole life. I have a passion to help individuals, couples and families overcome challenges, grow in their relationships and find meaning and purpose in life.
In addition to my training, I draw from my own personal experiences and from working with many different types of people. I have been successfully married since 1981 and I am the mother of three adult children who have taught me valuable lessons in parenting.
I graduated with honors from Dominican University in San Rafael with a Masters of Science (MS) Degree in Counseling Psychology, and from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Child Development.
My additional training includes:
- Trained in Couples Counseling under the Gottman Institute
- Certification in Crisis Counseling / Suicide Prevention from Family Service Agency of Marin County
- Certified in Grief Counseling from from Family Service Agency of Marin County
I am licensed by the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist (Ca LMFT License #47658).
I am a member of several professional organizations including:
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
- United States Mental Health Professionals
- Northern California Psychotherapists and Counselors
- Psi Chi – The National Honor Society in Psychology
For 5 years I worked with children and their families at Olive Elementary School and Marin Christian Academy, both in Novato, where I counseled children with behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, affects from divorce and grief over loss of a parent.
As an MFT Intern at Family Service Agency of Marin, one of the nation’s leading community mental health care organizations, I specialized in grief counseling, crisis intervention, treating anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse recovery, healing from abuse or trauma, and family therapy.
In 2006, I started my own practice working under the excellent supervision of noted therapist Susan Peters MFT.
I gained experience working with children, teens and adults, divorce recovery and treating anxiety and mood disorders. I also led small groups for women recovering from childhood abuse.