I have been seeing clients in psychotherapy since 1992, completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1998, and became a licensed psychologist in the State of Washington in 2002. “Licensed” means that I have passed a national written examination and an oral examination given by the Washington State Examining Board of Psychology. I have practiced in a variety of settings, including private mental health clinics, hospital settings, and independent practice.
Originally from Ohio and California, I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1962 and completed my doctoral studies at Princeton University and the University of Washington. At the UW I received training in general adult psychotherapy with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapeutic orientations. I additionally received intensive specialty training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy under the supervision of Dr. Marsha Linehan; it was this training that introduced me to the practice of mindfulness meditation, which has profoundly influenced both my personal and professional lives. I also received extensive training in neuropsychological assessment under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Townes and worked at Harborview Medical Center for several years performing neuropsychological evaluations. My doctoral dissertation was in the area of clinical neuropsychology; this research examined the effects of a significant other observer on neuropsychological test performance and was published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist in 2000.
Since gaining licensure in 2002 I have worked primarily in area mental health clinics performing psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. I am now in private practice in Bellevue, where I continue to work with adults on a variety of issues.