I have been helping people achieve their goals since 1989, when I moved to San Francisco from New Jersey (via Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). I work with people of all ages who would like a Psychotherapist who they can easily talk to about many diverse topics. My office on Solano Avenue in Albany, California is quiet and convenient.
My clients tell me that they appreciate my direct style, empathic listening and goal-oriented approach to counseling. They tell me that I am easy to talk with about a wide variety of concerns.
Over the years, I have worked with people from all over the world. A diverse array of cultures, values and social classes have come into my office. Clients comment that they felt the counseling environment was open and accepting. They also tell me they appreciate being gently challenged to achieve their goals.
I have worked in large hospitals, small nonprofit clinics and outpatient treatment programs throughout the Bay Area. For over 10 years, I have been on staff at Kaiser Permanente in the Mental Health Department, where I provide individual and group psychotherapy. I have been a Clinical Supervisor for psychotherapy trainees who intern at Kaiser.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 19241) and a proud member of the National Association of Social Workers(NASW).
I have extensive training and experience in:
Understanding and treating depression and anxiety: I was on a Best Practices Committee at Kaiser Permanente which developed the curriculum used for depression treatment there. I have helped hundreds of people recover from depression and anxiety and manage their lives.
Working with young adults: I ran a psychotherapy group for young adults at Kaiser Permanente and many college students have benefitted from working with me. Getting into and staying in college is a particular interest of mine.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: I have trained many intern therapists on CBT techniques and regularly attend training in this important therapy approach.
Addictions: I’ve worked for years with adults who use and abuse drugs, alcohol and other vices. I’ve trained Primary Care doctors on how to help their patients who struggle with addiction.
University of California, Berkeley, Masters of Social Welfare (MSW), Mental Health emphasis
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Bachelor of Science (BS), Public Policy
Certificate In College Admission Advising, University of California, Extension.