feeds on itself until it creates an enormous conplexity of
suffering. At the core of all mind activity is a search for
self-definition, but the mind searches in all the wrong places...The
permanence of your true nature is recognized to be the continuous
presence of awareness that was exactly the same when you
were five, fifteen, fifty, or ninety years old.
—Gangaji, The Diamond in your Pocket
My approach to therapy is informed by three overarching
there is a natural and innate force in us that wants
to unfold organically towards greater degrees of wholeness and integration;
therapy helps midwife this process by both reconnecting us to this organic unfolding and removing
the blocks to that unfolding (one could call this breaking karmic binds);
the ultimate goals of therapy are to help reconnect us to our own innate
aliveness, to bring that aliveness into the world, and to find a deep compassion
Before I became a therapist, I taught meditation for ten years. When I
decided to become a psychotherapist, I chose a graduate school that would
support my integration of spirituality with psychotherapy. To this end,
I attended California Institute of Integral Studies in 1979 and studied
Transpersonal therapies such as Psychosynthesis. In the course of things,
I learned how to work with mental imagery, guided visualization, and chakra
Soon into my internship, I developed a way of working that focused
my clients' attention on sensations in their bodies. In essence, I "stumbled" upon
working somatically. Impressed with the results, I began post-graduate
work in Focusing with John Welwood. From that point on, I was deeply
committed to a holistic mind - body - spiritual framework.
I continued my postgraduate education in the arenas of self-psychology
with Karen Peoples and addiction / codependency with David
Skibbins and Pia Mellody.
In 1988, I completed all requirements by the state of California,
took the necessary written and oral exams, and became licensed
to practice psychotherapy.
In the early 1990s, I began my study of Hakomi
Body-Centered Psychotherapy. I was originally drawn to Hakomi
because I wanted training in the psycho-therapeutic application of
touch. I graduated,
fulfilling that goal, but in addition, found an elegant and comprehensive
method of working that tied together and deepened all that I had
I became enthralled by the depth, gentleness, and efficacy of
Hakomi. I continued my studies through the Hakomi Institute,
assisted in a number
of trainings and eventually joined the teaching staff.
In 1999, I became certified as a Hakomi Therapist. In 2000,
as a Hakomi Teacher and in 2005 I was certified as a Hakomi Trainer. Since 2008 I have served as a co-director of the Hakomi Institute of California, am a core faculty of the Institute's faculty, and am the lead trainer for our annual Comprehensive Training.
continue to study advanced applications of the Hakomi Method.
I have traineed with Babette Rothschild as well as Pat Ogden, founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, in the areas of trauma resolution. I have also taken trainings in group leadership, attachment, and couples therapy.
To this day, I continue to draw inspiration and guidance from Hakomi.
To learn more about Hakomi, check out the Resources section.
The Way I Work
work holistically, assisting and teaching my clients to listen to their
bodies, minds, and souls. My 45+ years of a daily meditation practice deeply influences my work. My approach is gentle, respectful,
interactive, experiential, and collaborative.
My services include individual therapy, supervision, and consultation.
I lead trainings, run a number of advanced training groups for Hakomi students, and provide group supervison to clinical interns.
I work with men and women of all sexual orientations. I do
not work with couples, families, or children.
Over my 25+ years of experience, I have worked with a wide variety
of issues. I'm most interested in working with people who are prepared to go beyond talk therapy and go deeper More recently, I've enjoyed working with people who are undergoing a spiritual awakening..
Areas of experience include:
• personal growth
self-esteem & compassion
creative inspiration and blocks
life planning including goals and visions, financial management,
sexual identity including sorting it out and coming out issues
trauma & PTSD
recovery from sexual & physical abuse
process addictions (sex, love, internet, debting)
compulsions and obsessions
anxiety and depression
chronic illness including HIV and AIDS