I obtained my M.S.W. in 1976 and I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Oregon. I completed formal psychoanalytic training at the Oregon and San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institutes and I graduated as a psychoanalyst in 2006. I also have advanced training in family therapy.
I have 35 years of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings; the last 24 years being in private practice. As a clinical social worker and psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist, I can help you work through emotional conflicts, traumatic experiences and painful thoughts and feelings to achieve more satisfying relationships, unlock your creative potential, and live a more fulfilling life.
If you are thinking about consulting a psychotherapist, you are thinking about making one of the most important decisions regarding your emotional and psychological well being. Choosing a psychotherapist is a very personal decision. All the different letters after a therapist's name can be confusing. The letters represent the various academic disciplines within the field of mental health (medicine, psychology, social work, counseling). These letters, whether they are M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., L.C.S.W. or M.A. are far less important than experience, knowledge, empathy, and clinical training obtained post degree.
Many people contact a psychotherapist who is on their insurance panel. It is important to know that insurance panels do not screen therapists on the basis of experience, knowledge, empathy and post degree clinical training. If psychotherapists were interchangeable, selecting a psychotherapist on the basis of office location and insurance coverage would be adequate. However, they are not.
The purpose of my web site is to tell you something about myself and my work and to hopefully address some of your immediate questions.