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Specialty areas: Stress Management, Overcoming Depression and Anxiety, Preventing Burnout for Professionals, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Consulting with businesses to resolve conflicts in the workplace.  

       My professional focus is working with people is to help solve their problems. I believe it’s important to add to the list of an individual’s coping skills so that he/she can make better choices when in stressful situations instead of going on auto-pilot and doing what he/she normally does. My goal is not to take away successful coping skills someone has already developed, but to add to the choices he/she has so he/she has a more extensive selection to choose from.

       As one example, my services benefit clients dealing with depression or anxiety by helping them figure out ways to overcome their condition and providing a variety of tools to use in the future if the problem returns.
       It is an honor to learn from my clients and I believe in teamwork. Therapy is an exchange of information from which both the therapist and the client benefit. It is an art in that no two people are alike and therefore must be treated individually with what works for that person.  As a clinical psychologist, I am the expert in my field and the client is the expert on himself/herself. Together we can make a great team to solve whatever problems the person brings to therapy. My style is to look for what is working in the life of my client and reflect this back while helping him/her find ways to increase his/her confidence and effectiveness in their world
       Probably the single most important thing a client can do when looking for a therapist is making sure they have a good match. The therapist should be a person with whom they feel safe and can tell their most intimate secrets to while feeling accepted and not judged, regardless of how shaming the topic discussed may be.
Many people over the years have worked with me in therapy to solve a variety of personal problems. The most common thing they say is that therapy was one of best investments of time and money that they ever made due to the improvements in their lives. What’s keeping you from making that commitment to yourself? I look forward to hearing from you.
Ph.D. 1995          The Fielding Institute
                              APA-accredited Program
                              Major: Clinical Psychology                                
                              Honors: Academic Achievement
M.A.   1990           The Fielding Institute
                              APA-accredited Program
                              Major: Clinical Psychology
                              Honors: Academic Achievement            
M.A.   1974            Michigan State University
                              Major: Education - Reading Specialist
                              Honors: Academic Achievement
  • Licensed Psychologist, California, #PSY 15304, 8/26/97 - present
  • Licensed Psychologist, Nevada, #PY0342, 6/12/97 (inactive 12/31/02) 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nevada, #0619, 11/14/94 (inactive 1/1/99)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Nevada #1321, 4/30/92 (inactive 4/30/06)
  • Certified Mentor for The Academy for Guided Imagery, 12/1/94
  • Certified in Medical and Clinical Hypnotherapy, 10/21/90
  • Professional Elementary Education and Professional Special (Reading Specialist, K-12) Nevada, 4/13/83 – present
  • Elementary Education and Reading Specialist (K-12), Texas, 1/72- present
  • American Psychological Association, 1988-Present    
  • California Psychological Association, 1990-Present
  • Hospice patient care volunteer 2003-2011
  • Humane Society volunteer 2003 - 2013
  • Queen of Hearts volunteer – Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation 2006 - Present
  • Board member and President - Art Healh Alliance - 2011 - Present
  • Front desk volunteer for Truckee Roundhouse, Makerspace - 2016 - 2018
  • Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation Scholarship Committee - 2016 - Present 

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