I am a graduate of U.C.L.A. with a B.A. in Art (design) Before I responded to my calling in psychology, I worked in advertising and retail. I attended Santa Clara University and received a M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling and became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1986. My career path then led to second M.A. in Psychology and eventually a Ph.D. in Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley in 1995.
I have been in private practice for the last 25 years and now practice as a licensed psychologist (PSY 16896). My training has included supervised work at Canada College, North County Mental Health, Mt. Zion/Westside Crisis Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco and U.C.S.F. (post doctorate). Because of my background in creativity, many of those in the arts have found me to be unusually sensitive to the creative process; implicit in this is the emphasis on personal harmony and balance.
My life came full circle when I completed my Ph.D. dissertation on the French Post-impressionist artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (a quantitative and qualitative psychobiography about his life using "Control-Mastery" Theory). I have had extensive training in this psychodynamic theory; which is an interpersonal/cognitive theory about how the mind works, with a special weight on the effects of early childhood trauma.
My current professional affiliations include the California Psychological Association, The San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and the San Mateo County Psychological Association; where I served as President from 2006 to 2010. My office is in a 1911 historical building; which reflects my passion for the preservation of historical properties and to this end I am a member of the Burlingame Historical Society, the Carmel Heritage Society and the National Historic Preservation Trust.