I became a psychotherapist, later in life (at age 50). After undergoing several years of general psychotherapy and Jungian analysis I came to a place where I felt called to work with others in this field. I had had a successful career in health care management and information technology, but felt a desire to work with people and the issues that challenge them.
I was trained at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA, near Santa Barbara.
Pacifica manages the archives of the mythologist Joseph Campbell, and Archetypal Psychologist James Hillman, and offers instruction in the Depth Psychology traditions of Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung and many others in the Depth tradition, a tradition that focuses on the personal and collective unconscious elements of the human mind. This tradition also emphasizes access to psychological phenomena through art, humanities, myth, folklore and ancient narratives.
I was given training in this tradition, which includes psychoanalysis (Attachment theory and Object relations) and Jungian approaches (Archetypal and dream work), along with the current clinical training that all Masters level psychotherapists receive, mandated by the California Board of Behavioral Science, in Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, Developmental, and in other evidence based psychotherapy methods. I also keep current with latest developments in neuroscience/neurobiology, particularly as it relates to trauma.
I have 8 years of experience, primarily in a community mental health setting (Vashon Youth & Family Services). I have worked extensively with children, and adolescents, single adults, couples and families. I have worked with children and their families on attachment and development issues, with adolescents with anxiety, depression, and identity issues, with individuals and couples on relationships, and I have worked with people with complex trauma, or post-traumatic stress. I have also worked with people, suffering from serious medical issues, or who might require psychiatric treatment and/or medication.
This Blog site reflects my observations and experiences.