I became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California in the late 1980’s and practiced both cognitive behavioral and depth therapies with that license while finishing my Ph.D. and becoming a clinical psychologist. I graduated from California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, where I was trained in the dynamic therapeutic traditions.
After finishing a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at San Francisco General Hospital I remained at SFGH as an attending psychologist and joined the clinical faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. There I trained medical students and psychiatry residents in the art and science of patient care on San Francisco General's Department of Psychiatry Consultation and Liaison Service. During my years at UCSF and SFGH I maintained a faculty practice, working with individuals in depth psychotherapy and broadening my focus to include helping people manage life with a brain injury, working with chronic pain, and providing support as people learned to cope with chronic medical challenges.
In addition to practicing as a psychologist, I am now a professor in the undergraduate Psychology Department at Lewis and Clark College. Teaching has helped me maintain a connection to young adults, and has given me the immense privilege of joining hundreds them on their journey toward a life of meaning.