psychologist | teacher | writer
Get to know me.
It’s important that you know this: I live by the same philosophies that guide my work. Respect, presence, honesty, justice, and authentic connection are my values. I’m serious about wholesome living, yet try approach life with a little humor and humility help keep perspective.
I believe in the dignity and equality of all people. We are profoundly interconnected and we all deserve safety, belonging, and the pursuit of our dreams. I did did a TEDx talk in 2016 on starting a kindness revolution. I’m still committed to that goal!
In 2020 I decided to engage daily in social justice work – in everyday ways. I started by exploring my own roots, educating myself about oppression, & committing to a year of mindful study on racism with the Buddhist teacher & writer, Ruth King. My blog, Uprooting Supremacy, shares my journey with mindfulness, power, & inequity.
my contemplative practices
I’ve maintained a meditation and|dream journaling practice for three decades. I have a home mediation practice — that changes some day by day. I attend yearly week-long silent retreats in the Zen tradition.
I make hand-crafted dream journals and have recorded every dream for 20 years. These contemplative practices are central to my healing journey..
I am a licensed psychologist, certified mindfulness teacher, and college professor. I have studied Jungian dream analysis & somatic-based experiential therapies for healing deep emotional wounding.
I graduated from Stanford University and completed clinical residencies in the Yale Medical School | West Haven VA Medical Center, Stanford Counseling Center & UC-Berkeley Psychology Department. I certified to teach Mindfulness in the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.
What I offer.
Depth Mindfulness & Counseling
My clinical approach encourages eyes-open, courageous self reflection tempered with self compassion. Counseling can be challenging yet it is inherently playful and expansive.
I use dialogue, somatic-based mindfulness practices, guided imagery, dream wisdom, and humor to identify personal strengths, core values, & explore practical solutions. My integrated approach grows out of years of experience.
Mindfulness Circles & Affinity Groups
I offer community & university mindfulness affinity groups, & have helped staff mediation retreats with Inward Bound Meditation Experience, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Mindful sharing about our deep, true questions is healing and remarkably rare for many of us. Perhaps you’d be interested in joining a circle. Contact me to join my waiting list.
Mindfulness & Social Justice
Our world is fraught with injustice, inequity, and oppression. This numbs and wounds the heart and erodes mental health. Mindfulness and counseling unearth the impact and put us on a path toward healing.
Mindfulness practices offer a foundation for awakening and change. My blog, Uprooting Supremacy chronicles my journey with these topics. We all can be part of the solution.
One to One counseling
call about insurance and possible openings in my practice.
Mindfulness & affinity Groups
I periodically form mindfulness circles & racial/ gender affinity groups. Contact me to join my wait-list.
Zoom community for gentle guided practice Wednesdays, noon-12:30 PST.
Soundcloud recorded meditations
Libraries of recordings used by hundreds of listeners.
“I have tried in my way to be free.” ~ Leonard Cohen