I received my doctorate from UCLA in anthropology, with an emphasis on cross-cultural psychology. My training as an anthropologist gives me cultural and evolutionary perspectives on human emotions and behavior.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Extensive training in family therapy allows me to see the individual as part of a family system that is internalized and held in the nervous system of the individual, sometimes as traumatic experiences and painful memories, greatly affecting how the individual perceives him/herself cognitively, emotionally, and physically.
A current major focus of my therapy practice is developmental trauma, which I treat using the widely acknowledged method of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I am an Approved Consultant with the EMDR International Association.
EMDR complements and is compatible with Mindfulness Meditation in which I was trained by the University of Massachusetts’ Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program.
My personal background includes many years of practicing and teaching Tai Chi Ch’uan. This ancient internal martial art—a moving meditation—unifies mind and body in the process of regulating the flow of energy, producing a greater sense of calmness and vitality. Similarly, my training in integrative somatic therapy has allowed me to include the body in the process of helping my clients restore their natural state of wellness.
I have been teaching meditation for a number of years and have led meditation retreats in the San Jacinto Mountains and in Assisi, Italy. I have taught Buddhist psychology at Antioch University and currently facilitate a Buddhist study group in Los Angeles. I have regularly traveled to Nepal and India for further study. I incorporate a contemplative perspective in my psychotherapy with both individuals and groups, as a non-religious framework for a vital and happy life.