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The following are my areas of specialty
I have worked extensively with adults who have experienced various types of attachment trauma, as well as emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Most of my clinical training and experience has involved working with this group of persons.
"When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."
- Helen Keller
While I see a variety of clients in my practice, I have for over 20 years specialized in creating a safe space for self-identified LGBT clients, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation identity and those who are their family and friends. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are engaging in the struggle to balance their ethnic, sexual orientation, and spiritual or religious identities.
I have a longstanding interest in gender role strain and the intersection of sexism, racism, classism, and heterosexism (and other "-isms") on both women's and men's experiences of power and self-in-relationship.
"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use."
- Ruth Gordon
Over 18 years experience advising and supervising graduate students in doctoral programs gives me a unique understanding of the challenges, stresses and learning opportunities that Mental Health Provider training programs and internships present for their students (e.g. maintaining healthy relationships, stress management, completing difficult degree requirements, professional development issues).
"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."
- John D. Rockefeller
A personal diagnosis of breast cancer in 2004 opened the door for me to explore, understand, and seek training in this area. I have a special commitment to assisting patients, their families and their friends with the challenges of coping with these and other difficult experiences and transitions, including loss of animal companions.