About Me

I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) and Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in helping adults with mood issues (anxiety and depression) and life problems. I can also help with aging issues, relationships problems (including gay and straight couples therapy), grief, stress management, adjustment, and work/career situations, LGBT and sexual orientation issues, and life coaching. A graduate of the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, a partnership between the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University and the Stanford University School of Medicine, I trained at Stanford with Dr. David Burns, the best-selling author of Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy. I also have been trained in Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs). Based on the medical model of care, the treatments I use are supported by extensive research and are on the cutting edge of effective therapies.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, I lived in the Bay Area for eight years before returning to the Bay State in 2012.  I am currently licensed in both Massachusetts and California. I have worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital at the Chestnut Hill ambulatory clinic and was a faculty Instructor at Harvard Medical School. I bring to my practice not only outstanding education and training in California, but valuable experience at a world-renowned and Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital. In addition, I have a vast and rich life experience which informs my treatment, especially with older patients.

Besides working at Brigham and Women's Hospital and teaching at Harvard Medical School, I have also worked at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center in Vallejo, California. My clinical training included a Post-Doctoral Residency at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center in Marin County, California; a Psychology Internship at the County of Marin Mental Health Services in Greenbrae, California;  and practicum training at New Leaf Services (which was the largest LGBT mental health organization in San Francisco); and two years at the San Jose VA Outpatient Clinic (part of the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System).

Prior to my getting my doctorate, I wrote and published travel books for many years and founded Rum & Reggae Guidebooks. I also worked in advertising in New York City.

License

Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist: No. 9711

California Licensed Psychologist: PSY 23772

Experience

Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center

Education

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology - PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, Palo Alto, CA

Master's of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology - PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, Palo Alto, CA

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) cum laude - Tufts University, Medford, MA

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association (Division 12 – Clinical Psychology/Division 44 -  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues)