Education

1999 - 2002       Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology   California Institute of Integral Studies   San Francisco, CA

1990 - 1996       Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies, minor in Psychology The Ohio State University Cols OH

 

Licensures and Certificates

2016                   DBT Foundational Training Behavioral Tech    Linehan Institute

2015                   Mindfulness Fundamentals Training     Mindful Schools

2015                   Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor Training   Centenary College NJ

2014                   Marriage & Family Therapist     New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

2008                   Clinical Supervisor Training    California BBS

2006                   Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist    California BBS

2001                   Integrative Medicine Certificate     Sutter Institute of Health and Healing

1998                   Massage Therapy Intensive       Heartwood Institute    Humboldt, CA

 

             Clinical Work  

2013 - Current   Private Practice Psychotherapist   Flower of Life Wellness Center Princeton, NJ

Practice Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples and Adolescents with an emphasis on Somatic and Relational Theory & Practice. Specializing in treating Anxiety, Stress, Issues of Sexuality and Diversity. Integrating Mindfulness Techniques and DBT informed treatment skills.

 

2004 - 2013  Mental Health Practitioner     Marin Behavioral & Recovery Services   San Rafael, CA

Performed clinical assessments, wrote comprehensive reports, composed treatment plans and evaluated progress of adults with chronic and severe mental illness at a public mental health setting. Assessed for psychosis, mood and thought disorders, anxiety, dual diagnosis, grave disability and level of acuity. Managed psychiatric crisis including suicidality, harm to others and acute emotional distress. Triaged with psychiatric emergency services. Collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, public guardian, community-based organizations and medical professionals. Monitored clients during psychiatric hospitalizations, facilitated transition back into community. Assisted clients with accessing housing and benefits.  Utilized evidence-based practices. Facilitated group therapy with CBT symptom management techniques, life skills and psycho-education with clients and families.

 

2012   Faculty Member    Women's Therapy Center    Berkeley, CA

Clinical supervisor to psychotherapist trainees and interns at a community based clinic that serves women, adolescent girls, transgender/gender non-conforming people, and couples . Provided coursework instruction to the students. The clinic applies Relational, Feminist and Psychodynamic theoretical perspectives within a socio-political context.

 

2005 - 2013    Private Practice Psychotherapist    Marin County, CA                 

Practiced psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples with an emphasis on Somatic and Relational Theory and Practice. Integrated Guided Imagery and Mindfulness Meditation techniques. Specialized in working with Depression, Anxiety, Issues of Sexuality and Diversity.

 

2009 - 2012    Clinical Supervisor CIIS Center for Somatic Psychotherapy  San Francisco, CA

Supervised graduate level psychotherapy trainees working at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. Collaborated with trainees to build competency in legal and ethical standards. Facilitated trainee’s ability to self-assess and acquire skills necessary to perform role as a psychotherapist.

 

2008 - 2012 Agency Field Work Instructor Masters of Social Welfare UC Berkeley   Berkeley, CA

Supervised graduate level social work students doing fieldwork in a community mental health setting. Mentored student to meet social work competencies that enable them to integrate values, knowledge, and skills for ethical and effective practice and leadership in human service systems. Provided coursework instruction and curriculum development at fieldwork site.

 

2008 - 2012    Case Management Supervisor  Community Violence Solutions  San Pablo, CA

Supervised case managers from the Differential Response Program, specifically designed to serve at-risk families who are dealing with Domestic Violence and Child Abuse issues. Directed staff to develop their effectiveness in creating and implementing goals with clients such as enhancing parenting skills that support the healthy development of children, improving communication in the family as well as accessing community resources. Strategized with staff to work with families at preventing violence through empowerment and education. Supervised crisis intervention and mandated reporting when appropriate.

 

2009 - 2010   Support Group Facilitator    Community Violence Solutions   San Pablo, CA

Facilitated weekly support and skills group for survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual trauma. Provided psycho-education, coping and empowerment skills, provided therapeutic interventions and referrals to additional resources. Included mindfulness exercises, stress reduction techniques and psycho-educational materials.

 

2002 - 2004   Assistant Program Director    Buckelew Programs      San Rafael, CA

Case manager for adults with chronic mental illness in residential setting. Supervised and evaluated house manager staff. Provided crisis intervention and clinical assessments for residents. Screened for intake of new residents and met with families regarding care.

 

2002 - 2005    Psychotherapy Intern   Women’s Therapy Center   Berkeley, CA

Provided individual long-term therapy in a low fee community clinic to women and adolescent girls, with a variety of mood disorders and trauma histories. Particular focus on working with women and coming out issues. Provided couples counseling to heterosexual and same-sex couples.

 

2000 - 2002       Integrative Psychotherapy Trainee    Sutter Health Institute for Health & Healing   San Francisco, CA

Explored the body, mind, emotions and spirit, and their impact on health, personal fulfillment and relationships in individual therapy within a medical setting.  Specialized in oncology to guide patients on how to improve their recovery from surgery and how to prepare for cancer treatments.  Worked to transform limiting patterns, traumas and beliefs that block or inhibit a fulfilling life. Approaches include insight-oriented inquiry, lifestyle changes, guided imagery techniques and mindfulness. Co-facilitated weekly support group utilizing Guided Imagery techniques and Art Therapy.

Summer 2002     Teacher’s Assistant Oak Hill School    San Anselmo, CA

Worked with a diverse range of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a progressive educational setting. Implemented IEP goals, provided individualized language and math tutoring, focused on acquiring symbolic concepts.

 

2000 - 2002 Private Behavioral Tutor  Behavioral Counseling Research Ctr  San Rafael, CA

Provided in-home educational program to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Introduced picture exchange system to enhance communication skills. Collaborated with family members to monitor behavior and increase family cohesiveness.

 

1999   Teen Milieu Counselor      Sunny Hills Center    San Anselmo, CA

Responsible for direct supervision and milieu counseling for teenagers with serious emotional problems/trauma history in a residential setting. Provided symptom management, assessment, crisis interventions. Administered medications, implemented treatment plans on a multi-disciplinary team.

 

1998  Children’s Milieu Counselor   Burt Children’s Center       San Francisco, CA

Provided a consistent, structured and nurturing environment for a diverse range of foster children with complicated trauma histories aged 5-12. Facilitated recreational and therapeutic activities. Collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team in treatment plans, contributed to case reviews and maintained daily records of behavior

 

Volunteer Work and Professional Development

     2018               Yoga Nidra Teacher Training at Sacred Sounds in NYC

     2017               Founder of Flower of Life Pscyhotherapy

2015 - 2016        Princeton Montessori Room Parent

2014 - 2015        Therapeutic Riding at Centenary Volunteer

2007 - 2009        Marin County Cultural Competency Committee Member

2005 - 2007        Spectrum of Marin LGBT Center Speaker’s Bureau

2005 - 2006        Chairperson for The Marin County Wellness and Recovery Task Force

2004 - 2008        Authentic Movement Group Participant

1998 - 2000        Town of Fairfax   Volunteer Board Member