My goal is to help you move forward with your life. We work to understand the nature of your problems and find solutions to them through assessment, treatment or psychotherapy. Working together, we can change your life story.
I have worked in the field of mental health treatment, assessment, advocacy, and consultation for more than thirty years. I am more convinced than ever of the importance of celebrating, and utilizing your unique strengths and abilities as we work to solve your problems. My belief in empowering people to better understand and advocate for themselves led me to specialize in neuropsychological and personality assessment, and then to adopt the collaborative assessment method I now use. This approach considers you, as the client, to be a full partner in the assessment process. I have an extensive background providing psychotherapy and assessment for adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. My other areas of focus comprise the psychological aspects of medical illness, including bereavement, and patient empowerment. My counseling experience encompasses working with individuals and families who are faced with acute, chronic, or terminal illness, are dealing with loss and grief due to death, divorce, or life change, or have general parenting concerns. I co-founded Valley of the Moon Hospice in Sonoma, California, and consulted to that organization for over twenty years. I received a Masters degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in Community Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and continue to hold an active license as a registered nurse. My doctorate in psychology is from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology. I also completed a two year intensive postdoctoral training program in clinical neuropsychology at Fielding Graduate University. I am co-director of the Center for Collaborative Psychology and Psychiatry in Marin County, California, and I speak and teach for professional and lay organizations. I am certified through the Therapeutic Assessment Institute to carry out therapeutic assessments with adults; I am also a faculty member of that Institute. My memberships in professional organizations include the National Academy of Neuropsychologists, Society for Personality Assessment, International Rorschach Society, California Psychological Association, Northern California Neuropsychology Forum, and Marin Psychological Association.