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About Me

Over the past 25 years, I have had the privilege of providing therapy in university and community college settings, as well as in a hospital-based outpatient mental health clinic and a 100-bed residential substance abuse and mental health treatment program.


I have also worked both locally and internationally as a program director and have been responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training program staff and interns.


I have supervised diverse teams using a group-centered, collaborative approach and have offered in-service training and clinical consultation on most effectively meeting the needs of people seeking mental health services while incorporating culturally sensitive perspectives and methods.  


In addition, in partnership with healthcare providers in multidisciplinary settings, I have provided leadership in program planning and evaluation, the oversight of annual contracts and budgets, and successful grant writing.


I believe that my long history of developing and directing programs, both domestically and internationally, has informed and deepened my work as a therapist.


My career as a social work professor has also imbued my therapeutic practice with a broader set of perspectives. My classes have largely been focused on supporting students in developing and refining their skills and engaging in a variety of therapeutic roles. 


I have also served as a social work field director, assessing students and internship settings for the most suitable placements and providing training, supervision, and oversight of student learning and field-site effectiveness.


My past clinical research has focused on stress and trauma, substance use, burn-out, self-care, mindfulness practices, community engagement, and purpose in life.


It has been an honor, in this variety of contexts, to accompany people on their unique journeys towards growth and a greater sense of well-being.


Ph.D. in Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Master in Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Master in Social Work, San Francisco State University

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Academy of Art College

Bachelor of Arts, Antioch College


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW# 23839), California Board of Behavioral Sciences


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