About Me

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment
with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

My passion for psychotherapy first emerged many years ago when I began pondering possibilities beyond my long-time career in the corporate world. I had been a technical writer in the semiconductor industry for almost 20 years and, while I had learned many things and engaged with many interesting and smart people, I found myself longing for work that mattered more deeply to me.

I discovered depth psychology (the psychology of the unconscious) and was instantly fascinated with how it emphasized the value of not just our "good" parts but also our "bad" parts: that which we shun and fear in ourselves. The more I read about and experienced this ideology, the more I realized and was amazed by its truth: a sense of wholeness and profound well-being emerges when we can acknowledge and embrace all of ourselves. I was compelled to explore further and further, and my explorations led me into the field of counseling where my learning and journey continue to evolve.

Being a therapist allows me to do and experience so many things that matter to me. I get to have close, meaningful connections with people and share in their experiences and stories. I get to be genuine and warm and really listen. I get to be curious and passionate. I help others in their struggles. I explore constantly and learn new things (about myself too, not just my clients). I see people discover their unique vitality and wisdom. And I get to laugh with them, sometimes in the most wonderfully unexpected moments.

Because therapy is the second profession in my life, I bring a seasoned perspective to my work. I have already experienced a completely different, full, challenging career and the maturing that comes with it. At the same time, I also know through that experience what it is like to feel despair and fear in some aspect of life and to find your way through it—in this case, to fulfilling work. I have gone through other struggles as well, experienced different worldviews, learned that not knowing is often more valuable than knowing, and have been married for over 20 years—all life experiences that inform my counseling work.

Ultimately, I am as passionate and serious about my own growth as I am about my clients'. I feel inspired when I expand my self-awareness, learn new things, and can open myself to new possibilities. I find it exciting to journey inside and explore.

And I consider it a tremendous honor that I get to help others do the same.

Credentials

Clinical Experience

Publications

Presentations