"My vision is to see you be more playful in the world, enjoying who you are and what you do, living a passionate life, filled with love, compassion, and curiosity for the possibilities."
Psychotherapy & Counseling for
Individuals, Couples, and Families
I am a psychotherapist, a licensed marriage & family therapist (MFT# 52696), a holistic health practitioner, and certified massage therapist with the State of California (CMT# 2957). I have been working with people and their health and bodies for over 20 years. I worked for eight years in community mental health, serving individuals with severe mental illness. I am a trainer of sexual health conversations in but not limited to, mental health and addiction for the County of San Diego. I am an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program, teaching Clinical Counseling at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and at the Portland Community College teaching an on-line synchronous class in sexual health conversations for drug and alcohol treatment. I was a faculty member at Mueller Collage of Holistic Studies for 10 years.
My private practice is in Hillcrest in San Diego, CA.
I have degrees in Business, Computers, Counseling Psychology,
Exercise Science, and certificates in many forms of bodywork.
Pacifica Graduate Institute - Master of Arts
Counseling Psychology - emphasis Depth Psychology
University of Rhode Island - Master of Science
Physical Education - emphasis Exercise Science
Johnson & Wales University - Bachelor of Science
Computer Systems Management
Additional Education & Certifications
Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Mueller College of Holistic Studies
Eastern & Western Holistic Health Practitioner
Buntautuk Traditional Hospital --- Chaing Mai
Thailand - Certificate in Traditional Thai Massage
Association for Traditional Studies
Chinese Medicine:Yin Style Bagua with
Dr. Xie Peiqi in China in 1998 & 2000
The Milne Institute
Diploma-Visionary Craniosacral Work
The Four Winds Society Certificate in Healing the Light
Body - in Peru 1999 & 2002 Initiated into the
medicine traditions of the Q'ero Inka.
Certified Personal Trainer
American Association of Sexuality Educators,
Counselors, and Therapist
American Massage Therapy Association
California Association of Marriage and Family
California Chapter of the AMTA
National Certification Board for Therapeutic
Massage & Bodywork
San Diego Equality Business Association
San Diego Friends of Jung
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
I am grateful for the work I do and after more than twenty years of working with people, their health, bodies, and psyche, I continue to enjoy my work as much as ever. Being a therapist is a unique privilege that enables me to know others in ways that we seldom do in life.
Working with clients has taught me many things including compassion, appreciation, and humility regarding the human condition, and I am encouraged with our ability to grow and change.
The most important factor in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. This is a unique relationship and with time and patience, a trust develops that helps the work go deeper. As a therapist, I hope to become your ally - someone you can trust and with whom you can feel safe to let down your defenses to work on core issues. I create an environment of non-judgment that encourages you to share your embarrassments and shame. I understand that your journey has taken many unexpected twist and turns. Therapy is a process, and from time to time, it moves at different rhythms.
It is an honor for me to work with my clients – be it short or long term. I look forward to getting to know you and traveling together for a while.