When I was 17 years old I knew I wanted to be a therapist.
As it sometimes does, life took me in other directions. Through various careers I yearned to help others in a more meaningful way. I returned to graduate school and completed my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the age of 50. My love for people and my passion for this work continues to grow. I am honored to work as a therapist and am truly grateful to my clients for allowing me to join them on their journey. I learn so much along the way. My life experience enriches my clinical training and helps me daily in my work and in connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1987 and my Masters in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in 2015, a mere 28 years later.
I began my clinical training at the Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) where I saw clients of all ages and backgrounds. I gained significant experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, addiction, co-dependency, life transitions, parenting, interpersonal relationships, life purpose and spiritual inquiry.
In addition to private practice I also work for AHA!, a local non-profit organization committed to building social and emotional intelligence and providing support to teens. I am part of a team of therapists that provide EDMR and counseling services through our trauma clinic, and I offer individual therapy to teens involved in our after school programs. I also assist in development and coordinate programs training youth-oriented educators, facilitators and therapists in our evidenced-based AHA! Method.
I am honored to be a volunteer for Hospice of Santa Barbara.
Before I became a therapist, I was a commercial real estate agent, organic farmer/landscape designer and event planner. I have been married for over 25 years and have two teenage children and a yellow lab. I am a cancer survivor. Santa Barbara has been my home for 30 years and I love the outdoor adventures and natural beauty it offers, especially when shared with my family and friends.