I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #48686) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #106) in California. My private practice is located in Ukiah, California in Mendocino County.
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. I worked for nearly 6 years at Redwood Children’s Services (RCS) with at-risk youth and their families – I currently work as an independent contractor and trainer with several agencies in Mendocino and Lake Counties.
I am also an international practitioner and trainer in somatic-oriented psychotherapy, working with stress, shock and developmental trauma. I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), training assistant and consultant for the SEP Training Program; as well as a presenter on Somatic Experiencing. I have trained under and taught with Dr. Peter Levine, creator of Somatic Experiencing. I am presently completing my training to become a SE Trainer. 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 decade, 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 Psychology 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 also have training in several approaches to treating attachment and complex trauma.
I have studied under my mentor Dr. Laurence Heller for over 15 years and was part of the first NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) training program in the United States. I am a NARM Practitioner and Consultant, and have recently become the first NARM faculty trainer in the United States. I am presently offering NARM classes and will launch the first NARM trainings outisde of California in Spring 2017. For more on NARM and the trainings I will be offering, click here.
I currently teach psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. From 2004 to 2007, I taught various psychology classes for Community College of Vermont. Since 2006, I have been an adjunct assistant professor in psychology at Mendocino College. I have also taught as an adjunct psychology instructor at National University. I have taught a variety of psychology courses during my tenure such as: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Introduction to Alternative Therapies, Health Psychology, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Family Violence, and Psychology of Death and Loss. I also teach in the master’s depth psychology program at Sonoma State University, a graduate seminar I designed entitled: Somatic Approaches to Trauma & Grief.
I also enjoy teaching in a variety of other settings, including: community and social service agencies, clinics, hospitals, hospice organizations, schools, healing arts programs, spiritual communities, and in my home community as a community educator.
I love designing and teaching classes and workshops, and stay busy offering these to anyone who wants to have me. Some of my favorite topics: Working with Developmental Trauma; Transforming Stress, Trauma and Relationships; and Self-Care for Helping Professionals. If you are interested in other topics or having me come teach at your organization, please contact me.
Please look at my teaching schedule for the next courses offered.