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  • 20 years teaching Master’s level graduate students in clinical skills, archetypal psychology, and developmental psychology.
  • Over 25 years providing professional in-depth therapy to individuals, couples, and groups creating a safe, professional, and therapeutic environment.
  • Doctorate in Clinical Depth Psychology specializing in childhood trauma, attachment research, play therapy, family of origin issues, combining both mental health & addictions background.
  • Consistently recognized for ability to work effectively on interdisciplinary teams making presentations, teaching, providing case consultation, and participating in supervising clinical application.


  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Substance Abuse Parenting Issues
  • Family of Origin Chemical Dependency Play therapy
  • Trauma work Attachment Theory/Research Group Facilitation
  • Dreamwork EMDR Analytic Object Relations
  • Sandtray Gay/Lesbian Jungian Psychology


  • Ph.D. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.
  • M.A. Master of Arts Degree in Phenomenological, Existential, Therapeutic Psychology. Seattle University.
    Thesis: “A Phenomenological Look at a Therapist’s Role in Psychotherapy”.
  • B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz, Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology.
  • LPCC Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, New Mexico State.
  • NBCC National Board Certified as Mental Health Counselor (#48271).
  • CMHC Certified Mental Health Counselor, Washington State.
  • Q.C.D.C. Completed all fieldwork and coursework acquiring state qualifications for chemical dependency

Professional Development Training Includes: Graduate-Level Teaching, Intensive Dreamtending, Play Therapy, Supervision, Ethics, Attachment and Trauma, EMDR, 3 years Intensive Gestalt training; Public Speaking on Health and Diet in Seattle, Washington; Living Consciously/ Dying Consciously, Stephen Levine; C.G. Jung Society Member; Cultivating the Compassionate Heart, Ram Dass. annual Dual Diagnosis and Addiction Conferences, Seattle,


  • Clinical Coordinator/Treatment Specialist for the Early Childhood Treatment Program at the Santa Fe Family Center for young children ages 2-10 who have been referred for abuse and neglect or foster care.
  • Extensive and intensive outpatient group therapy involving research through the University of Washington School of Social Work comparing 12-step and relapse prevention models, intensive outpatient individual/group counseling and education, about the addictive process.
  • Extensive training and research in analytically-informed psychotherapy, self-psychology, object relations and dream work from a clinical depth perspective.


Graduate Professor (2004-currently). Southwestern College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Teaching Master’s-Level counseling and art therapy students in a variety of courses, including Psychopathology, Clinical Skills, Applied Theories of Development, Archetypal Psychology. Involves participation in faculty meetings, paper-grading, student evaluations, and student meetings.

Santa Fe Family Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Early Childhood Treatment Program. Included play therapy, parenting education/consultation, assessment and referral for abused, neglected children ages 2-10 and weekly consultation, group supervision.

Self-Employed Private Practice Therapist, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (1998–ongoing). Providing psychotherapy for individuals and couples in the areas of depression, anxiety, ego building, object relations, family of origin, and dream analysis.

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Individual Therapist, Santa Fe Family Center, Santa Fe, NM (1996–1998). Providing outpatient psychotherapy for adults, teens, and children who were survivors of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse; participating in peer case supervision; keeping files up-to-date and regular writing of client reports and drug and alcohol assessments.

Intensive Inpatient Individual Psychotherapist, (1998–1999). Life Healing Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Psychotherapy of inpatients on an intensive weekly basis as part of comprehensive inpatient recovery, including staff supervision, case management and consultation.

Self Employed Private Practice Therapist, Seattle Washington (1991–1995). Educating, consulting and assisting individuals and couples in the areas of self care, ego development, communication skills, depression, anxiety, family of origin and dream analysis.

Adult Treatment Therapist, Pacific Treatment Services Lynnwood, Washington (1987–1991). Counseling adults, groups and especially women towards abstaining from chemicals, one to one counseling on relationships and dysfunctional patterns; supporting the recovery of ones true self and ones inner natural child individually & in groups; Teaching relapse prevention, assertiveness and alcoholic family of origin dynamics; facilitating the working through of incest issues, co-dependency, dysfunctional family patterns, couples and addictions; and maintaining files and all necessary paperwork.

Family & Individual Counseling Intern, Renton Area Youth Services, Renton, Washington (1986–1987). Counseling teenagers and low income individuals and families in crisis and providing on-going therapy in community service center; maintaining files on each client; facilitating an A.C.O.A. group for racial minorities dealing with origin of family issues involving alcoholism; and co-facilitating a social skills group.

Counselor, Northgate Congregate Care Facility, Seattle, Washington (1985–1986). Counseling with neurotic and psychotic patients on a volunteer basis in this residential treatment facility; developing trusting relationships with patients and creating a supportive environment to promote their sense of safety and normality; organizing and facilitating group and house activities; and conducting research on schizophrenia.

Additional Experience Includes: Teacher/Counselor, Montessori School, Aptos California (Summer 1985): Residential Camp Counselor, Fresh Air Fund (for low income minority children), Fishkill, New York (Summer 1984); Pre-Exam Counselor, Women’s Health Collective, Santa Cruz, California (1984); Assistant Teacher, Special Education Program, Cabrillo College, Aptos, California (1980-1981)

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