I am a licensed clinical psychologist in San Francisco providing individual therapy, couples therapy, educational testing, and psychological assessment.
In my therapy practice, I help people who are struggling emotionally or who feel stressed or stuck in life. My clients learn to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a way that builds insight and understanding. They uncover patterns that may be holding them back - perhaps a way of approaching relationships or of dealing with defeat. They find ways to make changes and to grow. While I have trained to work with adults and children of all ages, my focus has been on helping adults aged 18 to 65, and specializing in issues that commonly confront both men and women in this age range. These include, for example, work and family concerns, relationship issues, stress management, dealing with separation or divorce, parenting problems, getting through college, managing life transitions (marriage, kids, empty nest, retirement planning) etc.
With couples, I help them to restore connection, improve communications, and better manage conflict. I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work, which draws on over 30 years of research into why some relationships succeed and others fail.
In my assessment practice, I help teens and adults understand what may be getting in the way of reaching their potential in school or at work. I provide both brief and comprehensive assessments for individuals experiencing attention or memory problems, learning issues, behavioral problems, and/or psychiatric symptoms. I have specialized in learning disabilities and attention disorders, such as ADHD.
I received my Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute, Berkeley, a program fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). I completed my APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Institute of Living, in Hartford, Connecticut, and my APA-accredited post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente, in San Rafael, California.
I have worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, public schools, and an in-patient psychiatric unit (Hartford Hospital). In addition to providing individual therapy, I have run numerous therapy groups and classes, including an adult life skills group, a relationship group, and groups for those suffering from anxiety and depression. I have taught classes on assertiveness, job interviewing, effective communications, emotional regulation, and mindfulness.
I have provided assessments for students at both public and private schools in the Bay Area, and for college and graduate students at UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the University of San Francisco. I have also conducted assessments for the California Department of Rehabilitation, Hartford Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente. I am experienced with the testing requirements of several testing and licensing boards, including the College Board (SAT), ACT, GMAT, LSAT, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, I worked for 20 years in corporate communications and public relations in the United States and in Europe. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) in European Studies (French and Italian) from the University of Bath, England.
I am a member of:
- American Psychological Association
- San Francisco Psychological Association
- National Academy of Neuropsychology
- Society for Personality Assessment
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