Each of life's stages offer a unique set of challenges for us all. The struggles of being an adolescent, the emotional strain adults can feel in their relationships or career, the fears associated with parenting kids who are faced with a dangerous set of temptations, controlling anger and rage when stress gets overwhelming at any age, and the unique issues involved with the aging process.
Whether life circumstances lead to anxiety, depression, fear and hopelessness or even a sense of curiosity and exploration, my goal is to create a supportive environment from which to examine my clients’ needs. I am committed to providing a warm, nurturing space where we can work together towards a greater sense of growth and potential. The process of building a trusting relationship with a concerned other can improve self-esteem, help people learn to relate in a healthy manner to self and others, and increase the ability to tolerate life’s frustrations.
My practice includes clients starting from age 12 through adulthood. (I am not currently accepting new clients for couples counseling). I work with clients addressing a variety of issues:
Acting Out Behaviors
Blended Family Issues
Family of Origin Issues
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in psychology from Dominican University in San Rafael. I have been working with clients in Marin since 1996.
My varied experience includes working with troubled youth and their families at such agencies as Transforming communities, Huckleberry Youth Services, 9 Grove Lane, San Rafael Police Youth Services, and Braun Day Treatment. I have worked worked with adults and couples in many settings, including St. Helena Center for Behavioral Health doing inpatient/outpatient therapy with clients requiring hospitalization. Most recently as a parent coach with Vive! supporting parents all across the United States to develop better relationships, dealing with couple as well as parenting issues.
Currently, I see patients in my private practice in San Anselmo. I work with a wide range of issues effecting individuals, teens, families and groups. I am a certified anger management facilitator for both adults and adolescents. I am comfortable working with individuals who have been in contact with the legal system as well as those who recognize that anger and rage are negatively impacting their lives and relationships
Originally from San Francisco, I have called Marin home for the last 30 years, raising my family and being an active member of my community. I love hiking the trails throughout Marin as well as exploring the wonderful California coastline, practicing yoga and I am an avid reader.
My many years of experience as a parent, a volunteer in many social service settings, a theoretical background in family systems therapy and an ever curious mind all guide me in the work I do.