I have been licensed as an MFT in California for 37 years. I’ve seen vast changes in the field of therapy during that time and have come to believe that Trauma Therapy and Polyvagal Theory are the keys to relieving suffering in our patients.
I had a private practice for 21 years and enjoyed the flexibility as I raised 3 daughters. I worked at Kaiser-Permanente for 8 years as a therapist in the department of psychiatry. During my tenure there, I ran a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Program for four years in conjunction with our assistant Chief of Psychiatry for the region. I left Kaiser due to severe burnout at the end of 2014 and took some time off.
I was attempting to go back into private practice and was coached through Zinnyme. I met some wonderful colleagues online during that time, including Laura Reagan.
I really struggled with the marketing aspect and was still dealing with burnout. My husband of 34 years died suddenly in 2015 and I turned my attention to closing his business, selling our home and buying another house along the Central Coast of California.
I spent some time recovering from all the losses, and there were many during that time. I began working for Wellspring Psychological Service 9 months after my move.
Wellspring was very small in 2017, only four therapists including me. I have watched it grow into the wonderful organization it is today. I work with lovely colleagues, including MFTs and Psychologists.
I did my first Brainspotting training in 2018 and have completed Brainspotting 1, 2, 4, and several master classes with Dr. David Grand. I completed all of my certification hours but I didn’t actually get certified.
In 2021 the APA dropped its endorsement of Brainspotting and other somatic trauma therapies including Somatic Experiencing. That means that providers in CA can no longer earn CEs for these trainings. I’m still feeling disgusted with their decision.
I have done some somatic training with Linda Tai and am currently getting my certification in Trauma Training with Janina Fisher.
I utilize teletherapy only and I see about 24 patients/week. I use Brainspotting and other trauma interventions with all my patients.
When I am not working I enjoy the company of my cat, my two young grandsons who are local to me, and occasionally my third young grandson who is 7 hours south of me.

Cost Per Session

$$$

Insurance

Yes

State Licensed

California

Specialization

ADD/ADHD

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Ambiguous Grief

Anger Management

Anxiety

Attachment

Autoimmune Illness

Bullying

Caregiver Stress

Childhood Emotional Neglect

Childhood Trauma

Childhood Traumatic Grief

Chronic Illness

Chronic Pain

Codependency

Complex PTSD

Complicated Grief

Depersonalization/Derealization

Developmental Trauma

Dissociation

Dysregulation

Emotional Abuse

Emotional Neglect

End of Life

Firefighters

Healthcare Workers

Helping Professionals

Highly Sensitive People

Incest

Insomnia

Loss

Medical Trauma

Motor Vehicle Crash

Natural Disasters

Nerd Culture

Pandemic Related Stress

Panic Attacks

People With Disabilities

Physical Abuse

Physical Neglect

Relational Trauma

Relationship Issues

Relationship Violence

Sexual Abuse

Spirituality

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Teachers

Terminal Illness

Traumatic Grief

Vicarious Trauma/Burnout

Types of Therapy

Attachment Based

Behavioral Therapies

Brainspotting

Buddhist Psychology

CBT

Clinical Hypnosis

Compassion Focused Therapies

EFT Tapping

Internal Family Systems

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Positive Psychology

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Somatic Resourcing

Population Served

Adults

Adults in Midlife

Geriatric Adults

Services

Coaching

Couples

Individuals