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  My Background  

I provide psychotherapy to adults and couples, and I specialize in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

(RO DBT), EFT-oriented couples therapy, and neurodiverse couples. I employ research-supported models of learning and change, and I believe therapy should be collaborative and active, using explicit goals to direct treatment. Psychotherapy is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.  I adapt my approach to each client, and I have experience with a wide range of problems and cultural backgrounds.  If, however, I believe you would be better served by another clinician, I will let you know and provide a referral.  

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.  My dissertation research in the Stanford Bipolar Disorders Clinic examined the relationship between creativity and bipolar disorder. I work currently as a clinical psychologist at The Wise Mind Institute (WMI)Prior to joining the WMI team, I co-founded and served as co-ordinator for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program at Kaiser Oakland Adult Psychiatry, where I completed my post-doctoral residency in 2014.  I provided additional leadership at Kaiser on several pilot programs and conducted group and individual therapy there, while starting my private practice. 

Psychology is a second career for me, following many years of professional involvement in the arts. A filmmaking and photography major in college (Harvard University, 1996), I worked for over a decade as a stage director, creative collaborator, performer and producer in New York, Boston, and the Bay Area. During this time, I was fortunate to study for a Master of Fine Arts (2003) at Harvard and the Moscow Art Theater School (MXAT). There, at the end of the 19th century, Stanislavski and Chekhov gave birth to the modern theater. At virtually the same moment, a thousand miles away in Austria, modern psychology was born with Sigmund Freud's seminal work (flawed as it was), The Interpretation Of Dreams. This is no mere coincidence. Psychology and theater take as their subject the relationship between our inner lives and our outward behaviors, and I have found that my experience in both disciplines enriches my practice. 

I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California (PSY27420).

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