Connecting to my intuition and fulfilling my life purpose are important personal values for me. I move toward this for myself and with my clients by continuously learning, being caring with myself and my clients, breaking big goals into small steps, and then liberally seasoning the whole process with as much humor as possible! Laughter is so important for healing and balance. I am a Highly Sensitive Person, and Practicing Appreciation and Gratitude for life’s simple Joys helps me stay Balanced. I do this most easily by listening to music, meditating, being at the ocean or in my garden and by hugging my husband, kids, friends and cockapoos.
Would you like to speak with me about your situation before scheduling an appointment? I offer a complimentary 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call me at 858-353-5510 to schedule your complimentary consultation or to book an appointment, or email me. I’d like to help you, and I look forward to talking with you!
My Professional Experience
I’ve been coaching clients since 1997, and counseling since 2000. I’ve served well over a thousand people with a wide variety of concerns. My primary area of focus is Relationship Counseling; both Marriage Counseling and Individual Counseling.
I completed professional training at the University of Santa Monica in 2000, and joined the University of Santa Monica Faculty in 2009 supporting the Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology. This work resonates deeply for me and many of my clients. When possible, I weave this spiritual viewing point into the work. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said,
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
In the past, I have been on staff at an agency specializing in counseling special education students and their families and regarding the emotional impact of learning disorders, and the comprehensive treatment of ADHD in children and adults. I have also worked with the Family Advocacy program for the US Navy and US Marine Corp and am highly trained for working with men and women who have experienced domestic violence and/or PTSD.
My Personal Life
I’m an Irish Bostonian who in 1995 became a Southern California transplant, so I guess that makes me ‘bi-coastal’. Growing up in New England, I acquired an appreciation for history, hard work, loyalty to family and friends, and respect for nature. I’m still a coast hugger, and need the Ocean nearby – it reminds me that I’m connected to a deepness and vastness in the world.
I live with my husband and a menagerie. I love animals and have two cockapoos, one poodle, a backyard full of birds, and several Koi and Goldfish. Being a mother is very important to me, and my husband and I have four children between us, all grown and launched. I’m an avid reader, a truth seeker, and enjoy movies, music, gardening, and entertaining. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a direct marketing strategist, graphic designer, and creative director in Boston, creating campaigns for a variety of national accounts. I graduated from Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York. Over time my Boston accent softened, and I don’t think you’ll hear it when we speak. As my mother used to say, “I wasn’t born yesterday!” and I’ve had my share of life learning opportunities. I bring the learning and acquired wisdom of those life experiences to my counseling.