I received my doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition, I have extensive training from the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. My work is greatly influenced by and infused with my 35 years of study and practice of Buddhist meditation. This is my third career. I started out as a mathematician, graduating from Harvard College and Columbia University. I was also a professional photographer, spending years learning how to help people, sometimes in very difficult situations, reveal themselves and see themselves.
I see psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a two-person meditation. In each session, we both pay close attention to our sensations, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. The focus of our awareness is you, and especially what is going on for you beneath the surface, the aspects of your life that haven't received enough care, for example, the parts of your psyche shaped by relationships with early caregivers. It can be the richest exploration of yourself that you have ever engaged in. This process can help you face life outside of therapy with the same clarity.
I have been providing direct psychotherapy service to individuals, couples and groups since 2000. I have worked with clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and trauma. I've also worked with clients with more serious psychological issues such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. I have worked with clients who have a desire to change long-term patterns that have constricted their growth, or who are wishing to explore new ways of expanding their potential.
Having worked at the bedside with a hospice organization for ten years and having been a member of the Older Adult Services team of Marin County Community Mental Health, I have special expertise in helping people affected by loss, including people dealing with grief, facing death, or coping with illness.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and the Marin County Psychological Association.
Adult and adolescent psychotherapy
Psychotherapy for elders
Areas of Expertise
Anxiety, depression and biplolar disorders
Grief and bereavement
Confronting major illness
Stress reduction and mindfulness training
Relationship and marital problems
Facing major changes and losses
Personal growth and spiritual issues