Psychotherapy is a very personal relationship. Your therapist gets to know a lot about you but because of the nature of therapy, you don’t usually get to know much about the therapist as a person. Since I feel more comfortable talking to someone when I have a sense of who they are, allow me to share a little about myself. 

I grew up on Long Island in New York. I always loved going to school and learning new things. I was always interested in what makes people tic, why people do the things they do. I read a lot - all kinds of books from adventure stories to Eastern Philosophy to fiction with psychological insights into the characters. I did not know what I wanted to be “when I grew up” but I knew I wanted to go to college. I loved English, films, fashion, interior design, art history, and at one point thought I wanted to be an architect, but the physics proved too much for me! 

After changing majors several times, I received my Bachelors Degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Film Studies. I thought I would be a Film Director and actually worked in New York City behind the scenes on several commercials and films which were shot in New York, including an independent feature where I was a Second Assistant Director. There were long gaps in film work, so I also worked in the garment industry with designers and production managers. 

Around this time I began my own therapy process, and as I found myself growing and feeling more fulfilled, I realized this was the work that I had been searching for all of my life! So I embarked on another career by going back to school. I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Spiritual Psychology in 2001 and my Marriage and Family Therapy License in January 2010. 

I love working with my clients, witnessing them as they blossom into more of who they are by stepping into their authentic selves. I enjoy helping people find ways to use their personal strengths to overcome their weaker areas, to increase their personal sense of power and empowerment to create what they want in their lives. 

I have had my share of personal challenges, including a couple of failed relationships, and loss of significant members in my family of origin as well as in my extended family, and friends who died at a young age. Every difficult situation has helped me to be a better person and a better therapist. I have gained insight into my own strengths and vulnerabilities, and those of others. There is an old saying, “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!” Well, I have gotten a lot stronger!! And you can too.

My own particular approach to transforming life’s challenges is:

  • looking at and acknowledging what is going on in the behavioral or physical level
  • examining what the thoughts and beliefs are around it
  • exploring the feelings that are associated with the thoughts and behavior
  • reframing the misinterpretations of reality, irrational decisions, or self limiting beliefs
  • seeing oneself and others through the eyes of compassion
  • forgiving ourselves and others
  • looking for the hidden blessings within the challenges or issues
  • and, if the client is ready for it, exploring what spiritual lessons may be in play. These spiritual lessons usually revolve around the themes of self-acceptance, self-love, self-honoring, self-respect, self-responsibility, self-worth, self-trust, self-forgiveness, self-empowerment, and self-acknowledgement.   

Now that you know a little about me, let me know if you would like to 
explore how I might be able to help you transform the challenges in your life. . . . 

List of Credentials

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Spiritual Psychology from University of  Santa Monica, Santa Monica CA 2001

BA. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan 1976

California Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC 48035, Issued Jan. 2010

Master Hypnosis

Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Advanced Neurological Repatterning

Performance Consultant

Master Results Coach

Certifications from Christopher Howard Training Academy

Professional Affiliations

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Psychology Today
View My Psychology Today Profile Here

Heart Centered Counseling

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