About Me

For thirty years plus I have specialized in individual, couples and group therapy, and maintain a private psychotherapy practice in both San Francisco and Rockridge (on the borders of  Berkeley-Oakland).  I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist,  and an advanced practitioner in PACT, a Psycho-biological Approach to Couple Therapy.   I am also an advanced practitioner of SCT- System Centered Therapy - an approach to working with couples, groups and organizational teams that helps us see through not only a personal lens, but also a system lens.

I also coach leaders in both the  private, not-for-profit and public sectors.  As an executive leadership coach since 2000, I offer models of thinking to gain clarity around roles and responsibilities, goal setting, decision making, vision and purpose.  The tools I offer give you the opportunity to build skills to increase leadership capabilities including navigating complexity, strategizing difficult conversations, giving and receiving feedback and creating collaborative environments of learning, lending to action.

My focus is to build the capacity for fearless love.  Whether you are in a couple, partnership, at home or at the workplace, showing up with a sense of self-advocacy requires curiosity, openness, and empathy to grow compassion for yourself and the others around you.  It requires skill to stay in context and to not personalize or be reactive to passing emotions. I support the skills for clarifying intention, holding attention and releasing tension in the body so that you may develop clearer and more effective communication.  My interactive approach provides support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges and increase emotional well-being.  Thirty years of martial arts and yoga practice offers me a unique awareness to enhance embodied and skillful presence.  With compassion and understanding, I work with your strengths to expand and grow.  

As a Leadership Coach and Consultant, I have conducted trainings in Leadership Development, Systems-Centered Group Dynamics, Emotional Intelligence  and Mastering Difficult and Strategic Conversations.


Education: 

BA, Antioch College 
BS, RN, Public Health Certified - University of CA, San Francisco 
MA, Trans-personal Counseling Psychology - JFK University

License:

Registered Nurse
Marriage Family Therapist MFC25468

Certifications :

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist for Couples
Certified Professional "Co-Active" Coach
Certified in Leadership Development 
Board Certified Coach 
Assessment Tools include: Life Journey Map, Leadership Circle 360, Enneagram, and Leadership Versatility Index

Additional Training:

Advanced Training from the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute - Y. Agazarian, PhD
Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy - Sue Johnson, PhD
Advanced Training in Psychological Approach to Couples Therapy - Stan Tatkin, Psy.D.
Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program - Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center
Past Board Member of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association 

Professional Activities and Memberships: 
California Marriage and Family Therapists
California Nurses Association
Northern Ca Group Psychological Association
International Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Northern CA Emotionally Focused Therapy
American Group Psychotherapy Association
Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute

Contact Me

Locations

Availability

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-8:30 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-8:30 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed