I became a psychotherapist after a rich and varied career in K-12 and higher education. From my earliest years, however, I held a deep interest in the field of psychology, including the science and mystery of what it is to fully become a human being. I am still on that path of deeper understanding. But now I am privileged to help clients overcome major obstacles and conflicts (both internal and external), find insight and strength from within, and help them experience personal growth, problem resolution, and healing from deep-seated wounds.
My current professional interests include neuroscience, Buddhist philosophy, shamanism, and the ways in which fate and destiny shape our lives. I am also interested in understanding the age-appropriate needs of children in their formative years ages 5-16. I am especially concerned for those children who are captive to stereotyped expectations for what it is to become a woman or a man.
Although raised in the Midwest, I have resided in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. My home is on Bainbridge Island, Washington where I have lived over 15 years. I have considerable experience working with children, teens, men, and women from all walks of life and from highly diverse backgrounds of ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economics, sexual orientation and gender identity.
I earned my B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in English. I have a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Graduate School of Education of Stanford University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I hold a license as a Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHC, #LH61080171) in Washington State. I am formally trained in Mindfulness Meditation. Additionally, I have completed Advanced Training in Somatic Transformation™ with Bainbridge Island psychotherapist and educator Sharon Stanley, Ph.D. I continue to receive advanced training in Sandplay as a means of healing from complex trauma.
Your life, all your life, is your path to awakening.
By resisting or not dealing with its challenges,
you stay asleep to Reality.
Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you.
Say yes to its fierce, ruthless, and loving grace.
- American Mental Health Counselors Association
- Bainbridge Island Psychotherapy Guild
- Depth Psychology Alliance
- C.G. Jung Society, Seattle
Sand Play Therapists of America
- Jungian Psychotherapists Association
- Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Study
- Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association
- Stanford Alumni Association
- Washington State Mental Health Counselors Association