I have always loved psychology since my first class in college. As I advanced through my MA and Ph.D. programs, I was increasingly sure that I wanted to combine both teaching and psychotherapy as a career. I have never been sorry for that decision. I have spent my career teaching psychotherapy and supervising MA marriage and family trainees, while continuing to maintain a small private practice on the side. My students have been very supportive of my roles as both teaching and "doing" therapy.
My training has been in a number of psychotherapy modalities, such as Client-centered, Gestalt, CBT, Behavioral, Sexual Therapy and more recently, family and systems approaches. I am especially fond of the Gottman approach to couples counseling with its strong research and scientific underpinnings. I believe that we are social animals and that underneath we all are striving to communicate more effectively--to cure and to grow-- with our fellow human beings. Given this, I tend to often see myself as an "orchestra director," listening, searching for alternatives, but never judging anyone's perspective.
I have opened a small practice for couples in a new venue for me: San Francisco. I will be using the Gottman Method, for which I have had Level 1, 2, and Levels 3a and 3b training. I encourage couples to commit to 3 initial sessions of intake and assessment, prior to deciding whether or not the therapy "fits" their needs. i will also be running some workshops for couples that are not therapy-oriented, but rather growth-enhancing and have had additional training to do this.