I graduated in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Cruz Phi Beta Kappa, with College Honors, and Highest Honors in the Major for my Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I received my M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in 1993. While attending Smith, I received one of the two Patricia Roberts Harris’ Awards given to students in my class. In 2001, I completed the first year of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program through the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, San Francisco Extension.
In 2010, I completed the requirements to be a Facilitator/Trainer on the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children with the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). I returned to Smith College School for Social Work for their certificate program in Advanced Contemplative Practice, which I completed in April 2012.
Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I worked at a residential treatment facility for children/adolescents with severe emotional/psychological difficulties, several special-education settings, a group home, a juvenile detention center, a short-term acute inpatient psychiatric hospital for adults, and a long-term acute psychiatric hospital for adults.
After graduating with my M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in 1993, I worked as a clinician for two, non-profit agencies, a group home for girls/adolescents, and Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health. I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 1996 through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and started my private psychotherapy/consulting practice soon afterwards. In 1998, I became a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) in Clinical Social Work with the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. I developed an early-intervention/consultation program for children and their teachers/caregivers at state-subsidized pre-schools and childcare centers in 2010. In 2011-2012, I was a Field-Trial Clinician for the depression and anxiety sections of the DSM V.