About My Clients
Does it feel like you and your partner speak different languages? Are you questioning your gender/sexuality? Do you need support because someone in your family just came out as LGBTQ? Are you struggling with your kids? Your parents? Trying to balance it all? Are you going through perimenopause? Any of this can feel overwhelming! Let's work together to help you make sense out of it and feel better about life. Learn to communicate effectively with your partner and repair those ruptures.
My Background and Approach
I specialize in relationships. All kinds. I can help you connect and feel heard. My doctorate (PsyD) and M.A. are in Marriage and Family Therapy. My post-doctoral training is in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). My BA is in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in the Arts & Education. I am a certified professional life coach and relationship expert. I have worked with kids of LGBTQ parents for over 30 years. I am also a trained improviser, having completed the conservatory at Second City. Other than my freshman year of college at UCSC where I took my first Humanistic Psych class in a redwood forest, I have lived in southern CA my entire life. I look at my clients holistically. We will work collaboratively to help you feel like your best self. You are the expert on yourself, but sometimes you need someone with a little perspective to help see and work through the obstacles keeping you from being joyful. I can provide that perspective in a positive and loving way.
Why I am a Good Fit for You
I grew up with a straight mom and a gay dad. I co-founded COLAGE (look it up) in 1990 internationally, and COLAGE LA in 1987. I have been working with kids with LGBTQ parents (and LGBTQ parents!) for more than 30 years. I am an active, loving, supportive member of the LGBTQ+ community. My master's thesis and doctoral dissertation were both on treating the family as a system when one member comes out as LGBTQIA+. While I'm certainly not versed in ALL cultures, I am incredibly respectful of others' beliefs, customs, and traditions. I see clients of all races, faiths, and cultures.