Presently in private practice in San Diego.
M.A., Masters in Counseling Psychology, Antioch University Graduate Pgm., Los Angeles. Degree completed at National University, San Diego, 1999.
Several certifications in stepparenting, domestic violence, treating trauma, etc.
B.A. in Liberal Arts with Major in Psychology, Antioch University, Los Angeles, 1995
Clinical & Counseling Experience -
Presently in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist in La Jolla, CA. I work primarily with individuals and couples, specializing in relationship issues, PTSD, recovery from high-demand groups, stepfamily dynamics, depression, and anxiety.
Completed 30-hour training to become an approved clinical supervisor through AAMFT.
2017 – Co-wrote and Directed musical “The Geeze & Me” – music and lyrics by Hedges Capers. Mounted in downtown San Diego to sold-out houses.
2003 – present - Mattersight Corporation -
I was a senior consultant with with eLoyalty (now Mattersight), a tech consulting firm in Chicago. I am a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in PCM (Process Communication Model.) I teach Process Communication Model, as well as engage in individual coaching in the model.
Psychological test scorer (Thematic Apperception Tests) for Mattersight Corporation, Chicago, for the last ten years.
Previous Positions – 1999
I was employed at the YWCA Domestic Violence Counseling Center in San Diego. This job included assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals, couples, and groups for female and male DV perpetrators. The treatment program included psychoeducation and process. It also involved many administrative tasks including interfacing with social services and other community groups.
I worked with Zeiders Enterprises, Inc., as a clinical counselor at the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center at North Island, Coronado, – 3 years. Individuals, couples and groups.
In clinical practice with Caroline Stewart and Assoc., LCSW 14173, in Mission Hills, CA., where I worked with couples, individuals, and families for three years.
Trained in CISD (Crisis Incident Stress Debriefing.) Naval Air Station North Island
Volunteer at Children of the Night, Los Angeles, a facility for run-a-way teens funded by Bette Midler, running improvisational/psychodrama groups. I found the work very compelling and learned a great deal about working with adolescents in crisis.
American Red Cross caseworker, Los Angeles, in Emergency Services. Left position due to relocation to San Diego.
I worked as a senior consultant and Subject Matter Expert with eLoyalty Corporation (now Mattersight) for five years as a coach and trainer in various companies, including a leading financial institution, a major healthcare system, and the largest European mobile communication corporation, both domestically and overseas.
I have worked as a trainer/coach with Spencer/Shenk/Capers and Associates, a consulting firm in Los Angeles. I taught Process Communication Model as well as individual coaching in the model. Additionally, I provide seminars, training clinicians in Process Therapy Model (Process Communication Model.)
Conferences: wrote and presented paper on Justice theory “The Application of Rawlsian Theory to Psychotherapy” at Fordham University, for the Journal of Moral Education. Invited to present at Harvard Medical School Conference.
Honors and Awards
Commencement Speaker - chosen by faculty Antioch University Los Angeles. 1996
Emcee - National Charity League event, San Diego. 2010.
Teaching give talks for interns about various topics.
Instructor - professional acting class for the camera at Actors Workshop Studio in San Diego.
My orientation is primarily Object Relations, utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, and emotionally focused techniques. My preference is to observe the individual client (or couple) and assess what type of intervention will be most effective. I utilize Gottman Theory, cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as assessing dynamics of social support cornerstones in short-term or long-term treatment.
1989 - 1998
Current Professional memberships in CAMFT, AAMFT, SAG-AFTRA.
Current Journals, Recent Books Read and Videos:
References: Marcia Schatz, MFCC, Navy Fleet & Family Support Center. 619 545-6071
Caroline Stewart, LCSW, Mission Hills, CA 619 491-0080
Dr. Albert Erdynast, Antioch Univ., Los Angeles 310 578-1080
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