Professional Interests: I have a special interest in grief counseling, spirituality, expressive art therapy, the Enneagram, women's issues, sexuality, LGBTQIA concerns, and adult development and aging. I enjoy working with clients of all ages on life transitions and personal growth and transformation. I am an artist, spiritual director and experienced workshop and retreat leader as well as psychotherapist.
My theoretical orientation
can best be described as humanistic and holistic. Humanistic psychology
is based on a strong faith in human potential, trusting that people
come to therapy already possessing much of the strength and wisdom
they need. A holistic perspective considers the whole person - mind
and body, heart and soul.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic
and pragmatic. I use many different therapeutic techniques
and strategies, choosing and combining based on what I think will
be best for each client. Sometimes that means a focus on behavior,
sometimes an examination of negative beliefs, and sometimes an exploration
of family history. I am also practical and realistic. I have little
interest in solutions, no matter how clever, that won't work in
My style as a therapist is active and
direct. Although I will often ask what you think
about something, I will also tell you what I think about it. I don't
just sit and listen - I also give feedback and suggestions. And
at times I will ask difficult questions. Thinking about your situation
in new ways is the beginning of real change.
My personal philosophy: I
am committed to providing the highest quality psychological services
to each and every client. I accept clients without regard to race,
religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. I greet every
new client with an open mind and a compassionate heart.
Education: I received a Doctorate
in Human Development from the Pennsylvania State University in 1978,
with a minor in Clinical Psychology and concentrations in Women's
Adult Development and Transpersonal Psychology. I completed my postdoctoral
training at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling/Psychological
Services Center and Naropa University. I have attended at least
20 hours of Continuing Education every year since 1980. I have had
advanced training in Solution-Oriented Psychotherapy, Spiritual Direction and an expressive
art process called SoulCollage®.
Experience: I have been in
private practice in the Concord area since 1981, providing primarily
individual and couples therapy. I have taught at many local colleges,
and have provided counseling and consultation in schools, hospitals,
and nursing homes. I have given presentations and workshops in the
areas of sexuality and sex education, gender variance, aging and
mental health, grief and loss, professional practice, and spirituality
and art. I have experience in expressive art and spiritual direction and have led numerous retreats.