The Secret
of Getting

is Getting Started.





For over 15 years I have been working with people from diverse backgrounds in a mental health setting. In my therapy practice I have helped clients who are artists, teachers, musicians, parents, people who don't want children, doctors, janitors, scientists, unhoused, privileged, and those who are secure in or exploring their sexuality. People usually find me easy to talk to, nonjudgmental, and authentic. I am the parent of two shelter dogs, a shelter cat, and young adult twin humans. I really miss face-to-face meetings, but for now Im doing video.

  • Syracuse University, 1991, BA Psychology

  • New York University, 1993, MA Liberal Studies

  • John F. Kennedy University, 2007, MA Counseling Psychology

  • Gottman Methods Couple Therapy, 2008, Level 1

  • Licensed CA Marriage & Family Therapist, 2014, MFC#79590


My love of, and curiosity about people, began way before becoming a therapist. I worked with children in various environments for over 15 years. The relationships I built were very rewarding, and I got a lot out of "being the person I wish I had when I was a kid."


My most meaningful job was working with children at a women's shelter for four years. I learned about the dynamics of domestic violence and its impact on families. However, the most special and unique part of this experience was the director of the shelter, Sheron. She became a mentor to me, professionally and personally. I learned so much from Sheron about resilience, compassion, dignity, mental health, and... boundaries.

Sheron touched so many people's lives, and I know that it was mutual. This made her life rich, and this is what I wanted for myself -- to connect with people the way that she did. 

  • Couples

  • Individual Adults 

  • Relationship Issues

  • Stress and trauma

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Emotional abuse and boundaries

  • Substance abuse, recovery, and codependence



Before making an appointment, I always have a free phone consultation (15-30 minutes per person) with everyone who will be involved in the therapy.

We can discuss your therapy goals and how I may help you.

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Alameda, CA 94501

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