As both a licensed clinical psychologist and a yoga teacher, I use a variety of approaches to offer support through struggles with anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, depression, perfectionism, workaholism, burnout, stage of life issues, and stress related chronic health problems.
I regard each client as a fellow human being, with the belief that suffering is a common human experience that can often be a doorway to greater self-awareness and authenticity. I am committed to treating you and your situation with compassion and respect.
My doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies emphasized integrating Western perspectives on psychological healing such as cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches with perspectives based in Eastern philosophy. I am particularly influenced by Zen and Taoist perspectives that emphasize observing cycles of nature in order to find inner peace and balance.
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I completed my predoctoral internship at the Post Traumatic Stress Center, where I witnessed individuals moving from alleviation of symptoms to finding deeper meaning in their lives as a result of their experience with suffering.
I spent six years in the Division of Substance Abuse at the Yale University School of Medicine. I was also on the faculty of the Division of Law and Psychiatry. I continue to serve on the clinical faculty, where I am grateful for regular exposure to cutting edge research and treatment approaches.
I have completed training in Self-Awakening Therapeutic Yoga and use principles from that training in my work.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from California Institute of Integral Studies, 2006
Master of Science in Community Development from University of California, 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in philosophy from University of Dayton, 1992
Self Awakening Yoga (300 hours) from Nosara Yoga Institute, 2016
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery Training from Nikki Myers, 2013
Beginner Basics Yoga Training (200 hours) from YogaSpirit Studios, 2005
Yoga Based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety, 2004