Licensing and Credentials
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #46946) with over 16 years experience providing psychotherapy services. I am also an AASECT certified sex therapist, one of very few in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the founder of the sex therapy certificate program at California Institute of Intrgral Studies (CIIS).
Education and Training
From 2015 to 2016 I was core faculty in the Human Sexuality doctoral program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), after which I was appointed Dean of the School of Professional Psychology and Health, also at CIIS. During this appointment I oversaw six clinical training degree programs, the department of field placement and six training clinics serving more than 2,000 San Franciscans each year with their mental health needs. I stepped down from this role in 2019 to pursue additional in depth training in contemporary psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.
I received a PhD in psychology from Saybrook University in 2015. My clinical degree (MA, Counseling Psychology) was earned at the Professional School of Psychology, in Sacramento, CA in 2001. Internships and training thereafter included a year each at: The West Coast Center for Social Therapy, New Perspectives Center for Therapy, San Francisco Suicide Prevention, and the San Francisco Public School District. Prior to this, I spent a decade as VP of a marketing research and consulting agency serving clients in the tech sector, and the banking sector, among others, and 5 years as a public middle school mathematics teacher. I also hold an EdM from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Teaching and Curriculum. As an undergraduate, I studied Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Oregon.
Research and Publications
I have written two books, based on my dissertation research and subsequent studies of clinical treatment of infidelity and ethics and several academic articles on topics as wide-ranging as: consent, mothering, and human decision making problems.