I am a licensed clinical social worker with over three decades of clinical experience in both private practice and community mental health settings. I also have many years of postgraduate research studying effective psychotherapy, and I have been a NAADAC-certified Substance Abuse Professional.
As a therapist, I enjoy working intuitively with individuals and couples, listening to their stories, building trust, and discovering new solutions together. The following frequently asked questions will tell you more about me, my experience, and my approach.
What is your experience and training?
I have been interested in psychology from the beginning of my academic career. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch College/West in 1977, and spent extensive time interning on an in-patient psychiatric ward.
In 1980, I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. My graduate training focused on psychotherapy theory and practice, particularly the social and economic environments in which people develop.
During the 1980s I worked as a therapist in a mental health clinic providing psychotherapy, and I also began a private practice. I established my current practice in 1993. I am a member of The San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, and part of its supervising and teaching faculty, and have supervised master’s degree and doctoral students for many years.
What license do you hold?
I was licensed by the State of California as an MFCC, now called MFT (marriage and family therapist), in 1982.
In 1983, I obtained LCSW status (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
What is clinical social work?
Just as there are doctors with different specialties, social workers also have diverse therapeutic approaches and areas of clinical interest. Social workers provide more psychotherapy than any other discipline in the United States.
Working with people therapeutically in a variety of settings is considered clinical work. As a therapist, I have done clinical work in settings as diverse as in-patient hospitals, out-patient clinics, substance abuse clinics, and in private practice.
Do you follow a particular line of thinking regarding therapy?
I come from a humanist tradition, which means I care about my clients. Within that humanist tradition I received graduate training in psychodynamic theory in graduate school. I was taught that how people are raised, for good and for ill, has an influence on the way they experience the good and the ill in their current life.
Within the psychodynamic tradition I have extensive training in Control Mastery Theory. This theory holds that individuals and couples come to therapy wanting to figure out and master their problems. If you would like more information go to www.sfprg.org.