About Me

Expert in Loss and Grief, Dementia, and Depression  

I received my BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I returned to graduate training later in my life and received my Masters In Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. Doing so was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and calling to the field of psychotherapy. It has been one of the most meaningful and fulfilling choices that I have made in my life.

Currently I maintain a private practice in Palo Alto, CA. In addition to my general therapy practice I specialize in working with people and families who are Caregivers for a loved one living with Dementia. Dealing with demands of Alzheimer’s disease can result in family conflict that is difficult yet understandable. Family Therapy can often help manage and resolve such disputes.

In addition, I have special training, experience, and interest in helping people with the complex and painful experience of Clinical Depression. I support and advocate for my clients with the goal of relieving their suffering as well as seeking to understand its significance in the person’s life.

I have lead a number of support groups at local Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities for family members, who have a relative living with Alzheimer’s disease. I have also facilitated a Parent Loss Bereavement Support Group at Pathways Home Health & Hospice in Sunnyvale for a number of years.

Teaching is a passion of mine as a professional. I am fortunate to teach ongoing Dementia related Continuing Education courses through John F. Kennedy University for other mental health care professionals and nurses.

I hold Certifications in both Loss and Grief from the UC Berkeley Extension Program as well as in Thanatology (Death Education) through the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). I have a compelling interest in helping people with all types of losses, with a particular focus on bereavement and issues of death and dying.

I also have a mother who is living with dementia.

Please contact me with any questions you may have.