Welcome, I appreciate the chance to introduce myself and let you know about my practice so you can make a mindful and informed decision as you search for a therapist to best meet your needs. I am a Clinical Psychologist and writer in Boulder, Colorado and have been in private practice for over 30 years treating both adults and adolescents struggling with a variety of challenging life issues. My areas of interest and expertise include: mood instability and disorders, anxiety and stress management, eating disorders, addictions, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship issues.
My approach is individually centered with a focus on identifying what your present conflicts and challenges are and then to create a plan that will help you heal, manage, and develop coping strategies to bring peace, acceptance, and increased happiness in your everyday life. I strive to provide a collaborative atmosphere, one of safety, non-judgment, and acceptance as we explore both your past and present to better understand patterns that may have developed that no longer serve you. I have always believed that the only real tool we have as therapists is ourselves so my personal and professional growth remains essential so I may better help you. Although I was trained traditionally in psychodynamic psychotherapy where the goal is to help us understand how our past contributes to our present circumstances and influences our ongoing development – I also stress the importance of the present moment, and a mindfulness approach as we face inevitable life challenges and obstacles. Thus my work can be defined as Mindfulness Psychotherapy. It is the weaving together of eastern and western thought that creates the tapestry for healing and self-growth.
As a writer I value different forms of creativity to find our voice and self-expression for health and emotional well being. My own writing has helped me to navigate the dark and the light of the world we live in. My columns have appeared nationally and internationally (Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Denver Post, Boulder Camera, Elephant Journal, Fit Yoga, Bicycling Magazine, Om Yoga, Chicken Soup for the Soul, KGNU radio). My book, Room to Grow, Stories of Life and Family (Norlights Press, 2011) is a collection of my essays.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO.
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.