I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and California. I have over thirty-five years of experience working in institutional settings, private practice, as a crisis counselor for businesses, and for the U.S. Military on military installations, foreign and domestic, as a counselor to military personnel and their families.
For the past ten years, I have been studying and practicing Positive Psychology, Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping, and short-term solution-focused therapy. I have a background in Jungian Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, and Family Systems, among other modalities.
I have been studying and practicing the cultivation of joy and happiness as an internal process rather than one dependent on external circumstances and am convinced that this is a reliable way to decrease stress and improve the quality of life. As a result, I have incorporated this concept into my private practice and have developed individualized workshops that provide participants with tools to cultivate joy in their daily lives.
In a former life, I was the co-owner, administrative director, and teacher at a private residential secondary school for emotionally challenged and addicted youth in Trinity County, CA. I have worked as a secretary, a farm laborer, and an actor. Currently, in addition to my private practice and workshops, I write theater reviews for an online lifestyle magazine. This variety of experiences contributes to my ability to understand and be helpful to people from all walks of life.
I use my education, experience, compassion, understanding, and sense of humor to assist people in making positive authentic changes in their lives.