Welcome to my practice.
Individuals, Couples, and Families are assessed and treated with kindness, respect, and warm professionalism in my office. My specialty areas include:
- Marriage counseling
- Premarital counseling
- Intimacy issues
- Life Transitions
- Divorce recovery
- Cardiac psychology
The approach is tailored to your specific needs and situation. I use a
combination of emotionally focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral
therapy, positive psychology, and psychological assessment tools.
focus is on how to help individuals, couples, as well as parents
and their children bring out the best in themselves and each other.
My practice also includes working with:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management
Trauma, Grief, Personality Testing
Marriage Retreats and Seminars
Cardiac Psychology and Casting Psychology
This is my office where I meet with my clients.
Personality Assessment and feedback helps individuals and couples understand themselves better and also us focus treatment effectively from the beginning (utilizing the MMPI-2 and Firo-B)
Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short-term (8-20 sessions) structured approach that was originally developed in the 1980s by Leslie Greenberg and Sue Johnson to be used with couples. There is significant research on this approach and it has been found that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and that the gains are sustained for months to years following the end of treatment. EFT is an evidence based, humanistic treatment that arose out of emotion theory and attachment theory. From the EFT perspective change occurs by means of awareness, regulation, reflection, and transformation of emotion taking place within the context of an empathetic relationship.
Positive Psychologyis built on research about what behaviors, attitudes, and thinking habits help enhance quality of life. This body of research includes tools and exercises that can help you increase your happiness, improve health, relationships, and even longevity. www.ippanetwork.org/
Cardiac psychology is a specialization of health psychology that focuses on the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease by incorporating strategies to address the emotional and behavioral barriers to lifestyle changes (e.g. smoking cessation), and that seeks to enhance recovery in cardiac patients by means of providing patients tools (e.g. stress management and psychotherapy) to cope with life and physical changes associated with their disease. Cardiac psychologists can help cardiac patients across the lifespan: prevention, pre-surgery, post-surgery, and rehabilitation of cardiac disease with a particular emphasis on achieving optimal quality of life outcomes. We help cardiac patients cope with life-changing diagnoses, devices, or other events that may cause feelings of emotional discomfort. Our goal is to help you adjust to your situation and to improve your quality of life. www.heart.org/
I work with cardiac patients and their families to foster mutual understanding and support during a difficult experience, transition, or recovery. Sometimes, couples withdraw emotionally from each during when they need one another the most. Couples can strengthen and deepen their relationship - the work we do can help you grow closer.
• Doctorate and Masters in Clinical Psychology, California, 1989
from CSPP-San Diego www.alliant.edu/cspp
• B.A. Liberal Studies, Minor in Psychology and Deaf Education,
California University at Northridge, 1984. www.csun.edu/
Licensed as Clinical Psychologist by Medical Board of California since 1991.www.mbc.ca.gov/American Psychological Association www.apa.org/ California Psychological Association www.cpapsych.org/ San Diego Psychological Association www.sdpsych.orgNational Stepfamily Resource Center
/www.stepfamilies.infoInternational Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy www.iceeft.com/American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
www.aamft.org/Physicians For Social Responsibility
My experience includes:
Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Rancho Santa Fe, California. 2009- Present
• Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Del Mar, California. Providing psychotherapy, personality assessment, and counseling services to adults, couples, adolescents, families, groups, and organizations. 1991- 2009.
• Newspaper Columnist
Bimonthly advice column in the Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Village Voice, Carmel Valley News Papers 2004-present.www.sdranchcoastnews.com/
Author of two books:
- Wisdom on Stepparenting: How to Succeed Where Others Fail published in 2012.
‘Stress and A Healthy Ticker: A Mind/Body Approach to Preventing Heart Disease’ published in 2001.http://www.amazon.com/Stress-Healthy-Ticker-Psychological-Preventing/dp/0595204147
I am married with three stepdaughters.
Hobbies include: continuing education,
gardening, writing, hiking, tennis, and traveling.