My Formal and Professional Training

“The well-bred contradict other people.
The wise contradict themselves.” Oscar Wilde

 

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I am a licensed and practicing clinical psychologist in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California. I also provide professional and life coaching to clients. I have offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I provide services in-person, on the telephone, and through video-conferencing. I have a wide-range of formal education and professional trainings. In addition, I have many years of practicing meditation and studying various mindfulness approaches.

 

My formal trainings include:

  • I received my Doctoral Degree from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. I majored in clinical psychology. My practicums and internships focused on individual and couples counseling, as well as a family systems approach, and in forensic psychology. Those sites included a community mental health center and Kaiser Permanente, Department of Psychiatry, training in crisis intervention and group work. Other sites included Bridgewater State and Napa State Hospitals, both forensic mental health sites. I received training and supervision in Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic approaches to working with clients at that time.
  • I received my Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, MA, majoring in human lifespan development. I went on to study at the Clinical Developmental Institute, learning to apply developmental approaches to clinical work with clients. The primary training and focus was in developmental approaches.
  • My Bachelor’s Degree was completed at Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA, majoring in behavioral sciences and counseling skills. At that time, I trained at Emerge: A Men’s Counseling Center for Domestic Violence, learning group work with men involved in domestic and interpersonal violence. This approach took a pro-feminist approach to working with the men and this problem.

Beyond my formal education, my further professional trainings that have influenced my work with clients include:

  • I have studied and have been trained in particular mindfulness-based approaches to working with clients over the years. Some of my studying has occurred through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Arlington, MA. The practice of meditation is central to my training, and I have received practical guidance in my meditation practice for over 40 years. I have practiced a particular approach to meditation for that length of time.
  • My studies also include The Concord Institute in Concord, MA, learning a psycho-spiritual approach to clinical work called Psychosynthesis, with Dr. Thomas R. Yeomans, learning visualization, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques.
  • I have also been trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) through The Center for Self Leadership. I presently work as a Program Assistant in their trainings. I have taken all three levels in this approach, including working with couples with IFS. This particular approach is a primary approach in my work with clients.
  • Along with IFS, I have been trained in Toni Herbine-Blank’s Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO). This is an approach to couples counseling with the IFS model. I will also be working as a Program Assistant for Toni. This is a key approach to my couples work with clients. It is, in my opinion, one of the most important approaches to relationship work, in whatever context that relationship is.

Only parts of us will ever touch only parts of others. Marilyn Monroe

  • Also, I have been trained in the Enneagram approach through the Enneagram Institute, with Russ Hudson.This approach plays a large part in my thinking and working with clients.
  • I have also been trained in professional and life coaching, with James Flaherty, through New Ventures West in San Francisco, CA. I am always expanding my studying and training in other coaching approaches. I have a keen interest in getting people to access their true self in the process. My background in coaching includes personal and professional goals, wellness, and leadership goals.
  • I also have a strong interest in neuroscience and how it informs my work as a psychotherapist and coach with clients. I have attended a Master Training with Dr. Allan Schore in neurobiological aspects of psychology, and have studied Dan Siegel’s work in interpersonal neuroscience and Stephen Porges‘ work in Polyvagal Theory.
  • Finally, my body-oriented and the more somatic approaches to working with clients, include being trained in Shiatsu massage, cranial sacral therapy, and energy balancing approaches. In the past I taught these approaches to various professionals. I have also been trained in yoga and qi gong. Further relevant trainings, which contribute to my work with clients, include dance, body movement, music, and writing.

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