My Training and Experience

I completed a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1988 and was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1990.  This early training enabled me to understand relationships more deeply, and still informs my work with couples.  It also underscored that who we are as individuals is influenced by our relational experiences.

A few years after I was licensed, I decided to pursue a Doctoral degree at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. I was interested in receiving more training for my work with individuals and wanted to understand the origins of emotional experience more deeply.  I am now a Supervising and Training Analyst as well as a faculty member at ICP, which means that I am qualified to supervise and analyze other therapists-in-training, and I currently sit on the Board of Directors.  I continue to refine and deepen my understanding of the therapeutic process, and contribute to the development of contemporary psychoanalytic theory. I am an associate editor for a professional journal and regularly present my work and ideas at national and international conferences.

I also have specialized training and experience in working with eating disorders.  For several years, I worked at a residential treatment center for Anorexia and Bulimia. In addition to my own clinical work, I also teach graduate-level courses on the origins and treatment of eating disorders, and supervise other therapist’s work with eating disordered patients. If you’re interested in knowing more about how I understand and work with eating disorders,  you might find it helpful to read my article on this site.