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Specialty areas: Stress Management, Life coaching for people striving to keep their bright lines, Overcoming Depression and Anxiety, Preventing Burnout for Professionals, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Internal Family Systems IFS (parts work)

       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. Coaching and therapy are an exchange of information from which both the coach/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.  Trained as a coach and 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 each session. 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 coach/therapist is making sure they have a good match. The coach/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 coaching/therapy to solve a variety of personal problems. The most common thing they say is that coaching/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 as of 12/31/02) 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nevada, #0619, 11/14/94 (inactive since 1/1/99)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Nevada #1321, 4/30/92 (inactive since 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
  • College of Executive Coaching, 2000-2002
  • 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 
  • Bright Line Eating Team Leader for Gideon Games Pilot Program, Sponsor, VIP Poster for each of the following classes: Bright Line Freedom, Freedom Inner Circle 2018 - Present, Grit 2020, Grit Boot Camp 2020

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