About Me

After a long career in international work in such places as Afghanistan, North, East and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States, I came into what I like to think of as my "time of power".  I had finished raising my family and my two children were well launched into their own lives and careers.  So, being passionate about wellbeing and improving the human condition, I began the long road to becoming a psychotherapist.  I studied general psychology, received a master's in clinical psychology and began a Ph.D. in organizational psychology.  I switched from clinical psychology to organization psychology because I have long believed that psychology has a major role to play creating psychologically safe workplaces, ones where people are able to bring the fullness of their talents, intelligence and experience into their jobs.  This means that I look not only at issues concerning individuals in their private lives but I also look at the fullness of the human experience in all areas of life.While I have broad training in psychology, including research and assessment, I have become passionate about what are called the "third wave" therapies--those based in mindful attention to the present moment such as dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, behavioral activation, schema therapy, metacognitive therapy and, most especially, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, for which I have a deep seated passion because it works.  From my perspective, ACT seems to work best because it addresses both conscious (cognitive) and unconscious processes with innovative, fun and transformational techniques.  Research is showing therapies that do not address both may work over the short-term but fail to produce change in the long-term.

My ACT training includes  more than forty hours of direct-contact work at the 2014 ACT Boot Camp with ACT founders Stephen Hayes, Kirk Strosahl and Kelly Wilson.  In addition, I have further in-person training with Stephen Hayes (Denver, 2013), Matthieu Villatte( Denver, 2013), Martin Block (Denver, 2013), Kevin Polk (Denver, 2014), Michael Twohig (Denver, 2013),  Matthieu Villatte, Joanne Steinwachs and other top ACT practitioners, researchers and developers.  I am constantly honing my skills through ACT webinars and self-study.  I follow the work of the major ACT thought leaders very closely and work in consultation with several.  My mental health practice spans almost two decades and my work in the professional business world spans several more. 

In addition to ACT, I am trained and skilled in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), an ACT-based therapy to support clients in learning to be compassionate, forgiving, and gentle with themselves.  I have found CFT to be immeasurably helpful in quieting highly self-critical internal scripts, changing self-destructive behaviors resulting in an improved self-image, self-confidence and higher performance capacity.   CFT is also of great use in working with issues resulting from insecure attachment and thus directly addressing the internal family system and problems with interpersonal relations.  I also use a variety of other therapies, tailoring my approach to my client's individual profile and needs.

I am highly experienced in trauma recovery work and stress management.  Along with ACT, I work extensively with the somatic therapies (Levine, Ogden, Wolterstorff) to release stress and trauma from the mind-body and to restore balance.  I take a very brain-based approach to my work, staying on top of  new developments in neural integration.  It is my belief that without this focus no therapy is likely to have much of a long-term impact.  Therapies that address only the "thinking brain" and do not impact unconscious processes are not likely to succeed over the long-term.

I am a certified clinical trauma professional who provides both assessment and treatment.  I have trained with many of the most well-known scholars in the field of trauma such as Robert Scaer, Daniel Siegel, Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Rick Hanson, Bill O'Hanlon, Pat Ogden, Ruth Lanier and others.  Healing trauma whether incurred in conflict situations, natural disasters, relationships, family systems, the workplace or other environments is my passion. I would be happy to tell you more about my approach and what you can expect from me as your therapist.  I invite you to contact me to discuss how I can be of help to you.          


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