I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where I also received my master's degree in theology. This program was approved by the American Psychological Association, which requires that a set of rigorous standards be met. I have been providing psychological services since 1980. I became licensed as a psychologist in 1987 and I am currently licensed to practice in the State of Colorado.
Upon graduating from Fuller, I also completed a one-year, full-time APA approved internship at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, California, as well as a year-long, half-time internship at Pasadena Community Counseling Clinic on the campus of Fuller. Following graduation, I worked for two years under the supervision of a licensed psychologist before becoming licensed myself. I then served in private practice as a psychologist in Arizona for over 20 years until moving to the mountains of Colorado in 2007.
My philosophy and approach to working with clients is deeply person-oriented, operating under the idea that each of us is a unique and inherently valuable individual with our own beliefs, perspectives, personalities and interests. I believe that the best psychological work takes place with a genuinely caring, professional relationship where a variety of psychological methods and theoretical perspectives are utilized to address the goals of the client. My perspective is holistic in the sense that the emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects of each individual are considered and honored. The change process is a collaborative one where the client and I work together to meet the goals we have established for the work.
Highlights of my career include serving as a team member of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program which responded to the tsunami disaster of 2004 by training therapists in Sri Lanka to utilize EMDR with both the survivors of this great tragedy and in an ongoing way with the population of their country. I have also had the privilege of serving as a facilitator for the EMDR Institute since 1993, participating in the training of thousands of therapists in this remarkably effective treatment approach. For several years I also enjoyed providing the Employee Assistance Program for the staff of The Meadows, an internationally known treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona.