I have worked as a licensed clinical social worker for three decades, and have also taught in special education programs for preschoolers and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders. My BA degree is from Sarah Lawrence College, MA in education is from Stanford University, and masters degree in social work is from University of Kentucky. Far more important than my academic background is what I’ve learned from the profound experiences of working with others as they navigate difficult life experiences. Each client brings a unique history, array of challenges and strengths, and inborn ability to make significant shifts in perspective and emotional well being through engaging in the process of therapeutic conversation and, in the case of children, play. Our natural human tendency is toward growth and healing when given an encouraging opportunity for exploration. My job is to listen attentively, maintain an accepting container for emotion, and find modes of expression and inquiry that will be helpful in this process. Connection, open mindedness, respect, spontaneity, humor, appreciation for the unique, empathy, creative thinking—these are qualities that I hope to bring to my work.

Advanced Professional Training

  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Narrative Therapy

Other Clinical Activities

  • Clinical social worker at Childrens’ Advocacy Center in Medford and nonprofit mental health agencies in Palo Alto, CA
  • Clinical supervision of MSW students, Portland State University/SOU campus and San Jose State University
  • Social work consultant, Cleo Eulau Center, Stanford, CA, implementing resiliency-based model for at-risk elementary students