During COVID-19 I am providing psychotherapy by videoconference only
I am licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #46421).
Like the majority of California MFT's (unlike in other states, where, as the name implies, MFT's specialize in families and couples) I work primarily with individuals, both adults and adolescents.
MFT’s are unique in the mental health field in that our approach to mental health issues is rooted in the philosophy that mental illness or unwellness occurs in the context of relationships: to self, significant other, family, spirituality, society, economy, and so on. That is to say that we are part of larger systems that shape and influence who we are and how we are. And also, by extension, that relationships are the context within which we can heal, come to terms with, or transcend our circumstances.
I have extensive training in a wide variety of therapies and draw inspiration from a multitude of sources and approaches including contemporary psychoanalysis, existential psychotherapy, Jungian psychology, dialectic-behavioral therapy, systems theory, motivational interviewing, coherence therapy, accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, sensory-motor psychotherapy, family constellation work, narrative therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, yogic philosophy, and neuroscience in general.
I have been working as a psychotherapist since 2004, and I opened my private practice in at the end of 2008. I added neurofeedback to my practice in 2011 because I found that it powerfully addresses many of the issues that people commonly bring to therapy (anxiety, depression, trauma, poor sleep, or diminished performance) and thus markedly accelerates treatment.
The initials “BCN” after my name indicate that I am Board Certified in Neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). BCIA is the only institute recognized worldwide that grants certification to biofeedback practitioners. The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) all endorse BCIA certification.
Neurofeedback is a proven and effective treatment and alternative to medication for problems with attention, mood, recovery from trauma, and many other common mental health issues. I’m proud to be able to offer my clients this powerful tool for healing in addition to psychotherapy.
I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) from 2016-2018.
Additionally, having worked in public schools for several years, I am available to supervise MFT interns working in schools and other community agencies.
Invited panelist along with Sebern Fisher, MA, LMH, BCN, and Amber Fasula, PsyD, BCN. Interviewed by Leslie Sherlin, PhD, CMPC, QEEGD, BCN, BCB. ISNR Conference, October 2018. Glendale, Arizona.
ISNR.org 1-hour webinar presentation. September 2018. Available for purchase online.
Redwood Empire Chapter of CAMFT. 1.5 hour continuing education presentation. September 2017. Santa Rosa, California.
Guilford Family Counseling ‘Lunch & Learn’. Thirty-minute didactic presentation. August 2017. Santa Rosa, California.
I hold therapy both as a structured, and goal-oriented pursuit aimed at symptom resolution as well as a philosophical, contemplative, experiential, and relational process seeking for us both to make sense of, understand, and appreciate the wisdom and meaning of your nervous system and psyche and why you feel the way you do. "There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy." -Nietzsche
Services Related to Neurofeedback
The proven, established method for a wide variety of conditions .
Targets the electrophysiology of the brain at a foundational level, critical to patterns of activation and rest throughout the human body. This form of neurofeedback is particularly effective for anxiety, trauma, insomnia, compulsions, migraine, and more.
A 19-channel recording of EEG is compared to a normative database revealing areas of atypical brain activity. I recommend a qEEG whenever there is a history of brain injury, stroke, or seizure. My reports include sLORETA (standardized low-resolution electromagnetic tomographic analysis), medical review, and recommendations for neurofeedback training (specific protocols). QEEG is also used in psychiatry for differential diagnosis and medication selection.
Neurofeedback mentoring for practitioners working toward BCIA certification or any therapist interested in using neurofeedback in their practice.
This type of training has a long history of use in recovery from substance abuse or trauma.
A novel approach which trains the brain against a normative database.