I am a Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist (license #MFC28308) in private practice in Palo Alto, CA. I
welcome calls from adult individuals and couples who are considering getting
Perhaps you are feeling
anxious, depressed, bereft, or angry. Maybe life has thrown a monkey wrench
into your works, or perhaps a new stage in life has delivered a truckload of
disappointments and difficulties. These are the sorts of times that coming to
see a psychotherapist like me can help turn the lemons into lemonade, and set
you up for a future that looks a lot more promising than your past.
I work from a psychoanalytic
model, which means that the focus of the treatment is the therapeutic
relationship we form as we spend time together in sessions of 50 minutes. What
helps my patients get better is having the experience of my listening to them
very carefully as they share their stories of what has brought them to see me.
I often work from an intensive model, meaning that I see my patients several
times a week, generally for extended periods of time.
Working with couples is a
challenge I enjoy very much. Sometimes couples come for premarital counseling.
Sometimes couples wait far too long to call for help, and then it may be too
late. Most of the time couples call simply because they know their relationship
has been better in the past, and they want a return of the really great
feelings they once shared. I am delighted to work with all sorts of couples,
and am pleased that our society’s ideas about human sexuality are becoming less
rigid than in the past.
Sometimes I like to introduce
my patients to the Enneagram, a fascinating and useful system for understanding
personality differences. Working with the Enneagram gives us another language
to use in understanding how we each see the world a bit differently, and how we
each have habits of mind that can interfere with getting our needs met.
You may be wondering how to
decide whether or not to take a chance on working with me as your therapist. I
have been in private practice in Santa Clara County for nearly 25 years. You
might take some reassurance from the fact that many of my patients are other
therapists who have sought me out. I am highly respected by my colleagues, and
have been elected and appointed to many positions in our professional
I am a graduate of Brown
University and of Santa Clara University. I received the Outstanding Alumni of
the Year Award from the Division of Counseling Psychology and Education at
Santa Clara University. I was a candidate for two years at the Psychoanalytic
Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. I completed the Palo Alto
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program offered by the San Francisco
Center for Psychoanalysis. I am a clinical member of the Northern California
Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and of the California Association of
Marriage and Family Therapists.