I received my doctorate in Psychology from the University of California and am licensed to practice clinical psychology in the State of California (PSY21764). I did my postdoctoral clinical training at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a premiere training site for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists in the Bay Area. During training, I treated clients diverse in ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender, health status, and life circumstances.
In my private practice I work with both individuals and couples. My treatment approach is eclectic, meaning that I make use of a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches for helping people, especially those approaches informed by psychodynamic theory, attachment research, and emotional development. With couples, I use the framework of emotionally-focused couples therapy (EFT).
As a therapist, I draw on more than 25 years of teaching and conducting research as a Professor at the University of California (UCSF) School of Medicine. My research has focused on many areas that inform my therapeutic work, including research on decision-making, stress, health and risk behaviors, sexuality, and women’s reproductive health. Much of my research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and I have published extensively in the professional literature. I have also had the opportunity to assist in shaping national health and science policy in Washington, D.C., and have served on the National Academies of Science, Board on Children, Youth and Families.
Bringing together these diverse experiences and areas of expertise has given me a rich, well-rounded perspective and sensitivity to the human experience.
Young Adults and Adults
Areas of Expertise
Difficulty with Life Decisions
Grief and Loss
Infertility, Adoption, Third-Party Reproduction