I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #48686) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #106) in California.
I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Union Institute & University in Montpelier, Vermont. I focused on Somatic Psychology, specializing in working with stress and trauma.
While living in Vermont, I worked as a counseling intern for two years at Johnson State College. I then worked as a psychotherapy intern in private practice. I had the great fortune of having several gifted somatic-oriented psychotherapists as supervisors. For 5 years I was honored to work closely with my mentor Peter Collins, of the Institute for Personal Growth in Montpelier, Vermont.
Since moving to Mendocino County in 2006, I have worked as a psychotherapist in private practice with people of all ages, and at Redwood Children’s Services (RCS) working with at-risk youth and their families. Although I still work as an independent contractor with RCS and California Mentor, I now mainly work out of my private practice in “downtown” Ukiah.
I am also an international practitioner and trainer in somatic-oriented psychotherapy, and this approach to treating stress and trauma. I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and an assistant trainer for the SEP Training Program. I have trained under and taught with Dr. Peter Levine, creator of Somatic Experiencing. I have also been part of the trainer faculty for Trauma First Aide Associates. In 2006, I had the opportunity to serve on a Trauma Outreach Program to Louisiana to treat survivors and train health care providers in Trauma First Aide, to assist them in dealing with the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, I had the great opportunity to help introduce Somatic Experiencing to mainland China. I also spent a year working internationally with Burmese refugees in Asia.
I am a HeartMath Certified Practitioner and am enjoying integrating these biofeedback skills and technology into my practice, especially as it relates to helping people learn to develop better self-regulation and increased resiliency. I am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My intention is to seek out and integrate various approaches to healing stress and trauma.
For the past few years, I have been immersed in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and my current work focuses on the theoretical integration and clinical application of Somatic Experiencing within an Interpersonal Neurobiological framework. I am a member of a small monthly consultation group lead by IPNB teacher and author Bonnie Badenoch, and also attend regular study groups with IPNB co-founder and theorist Allan Schore. I am also training in Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe).
I have recently created a therapeutic approach called Interpersonal Somatic Psychotherapy, integrating Somatic Experiencing and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I have begun offering trainings on this work and am excited about its continued development.
I currently teach psychology courses at the college level. From 2004 to 2007, I taught various psychology classes for Community College of Vermont. Since 2006, I have been an adjunct psychology instructor at Mendocino College. I am also an adjunct psychology instructor at National University. I also enjoy teaching classes in the Ukiah area as a community educator. Please look at my teaching schedule for the next courses offered.