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Get to Know Me

I grew up in Southern California with a family of lifetime Sierra Clubbers.  Our school vacations and summers were spent camping in California’s stunning national parks and other wild areas.  I have vivid memories of driving our 1959 Ricky-Ticky-adorned Ford Country Wagon on dirt roads (where it definitely didn’t belong) in search of campgrounds.  As a teenager I began backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains and gained a reverence for its rugged granite, meadows replete with streams and wildflowers, and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. 


As an undergraduate at Harvard, I studied Social Studies, an honors, interdisciplinary concentration that was based in classical social theory.  I selected this major because I had a deep interest in the power that social and institutional forces exert on the individual, rather than simply what goes on within the individual psyche, as though it could be free of context. 


In my junior year, I co-founded a peer counseling and outreach group, Project ECHO, which still serves the campus in much the same form almost 40 years later.  I experienced directly the rewards of helping others heal. Thankfully, it also helped me know what to do with myself when I acknowledged that my planned career path in environmental or women's-rights law would work against, rather than honor, my temperament.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, also receiving a Presidential Commendation for my contribution to the student body’s wellbeing.

I went on to receive a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a program training graduate students for careers in academia as well as clinical practice.  After graduating in 1993, I did a 3-year research and clinical post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Clinic, conducting original research in the area of eating disorders among those with a history of childhood trauma, and doing clinical practice with the Women's Life Center. 


I went on to serve as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College in California.  After two years in academia, I left to follow my true calling of clinical practice full-time.

Since that time, I’ve been in private practice as a psychologist, first in Pasadena, CA, for over 20 years.  In 2018, my family moved to Ellensburg, WA, for a quieter life.  I spent a year at Central Washington University’s student counseling center providing counseling to students and training psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows.  Having launched our daughter, my husband and I live here with our grown son who has autism and is quite a character.  Bit by bit we're exploring the beauty of the Central and Pacific Northwest.

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