Welcoming people who "march to a different drummer" - artists; activists; restless corporate executives; parents at odds with cultural pressures; gays striving for meaningful lives in the shadow of homophobia and AIDS.
I come to my views as a therapist by a long and winding route. As a Berkeley undergrad in the 60s, I was influenced by the civil rights, anti-war, environmental, and women's movements. After graduate school in journalism in the 70s, my first career began in radio broadcasting, producing public-affairs programs for non-commercial stations.
By the early 80s, I wanted a career change. After a good experience with biofeedback for some persistent health problems, I trained at the Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles and became a certified biofeedback therapist in 1982. Teaching relaxation training and stress management skills drew me steadily into the realm of my clients' pain, dreams, and longings. In 1986, I earned an M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy at Phillips Graduate Institute. In 1991, I was licensed as an MFT.
Today in my private practice, I see many people who march to a "different drummer" -- artists nurturing their own voice in and out of the mainstream; corporate executives made restless by the limitations of their jobs; gays striving to make good lives in a heterosexual world; parents coping with pressures on and in the family; interracial couples confronting identity and equality issues; childless career women wondering where the "good men" are; people of all persuasions striving for lasting intimate relationships. While I am a member of several managed-care panels for whom I do short-term, solution-focused therapy, the soul of my practice is in-depth work. My style is very interactive; I'm not big on the idea of therapist-as-blank-screen. My job is to help nourish the conviction in my clients that they are not crazy but that the demands of life often are and that navigating life successfully requires resilience, patience, and an open mind. Therapy is heart-felt work.
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