I was introduced to psychology in 1970 when I was an undergraduate student preparing to apply to training programs in physical therapy. Although I fell in love with psychology, my early training in the workings of the body has stayed with me, and evolved into a strong commitment to an integrated mind-body approach to health and wellness. My first Master's degree was in research psychology and emphasized behavioral endocrinology.
I eventually trained in clinical psychology, and since obtaining my doctorate in 1992 have spent over 25 years studying and utilizing various complimentary mind-body therapies (such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and time spent in nature and/or gardening) as helpful additions to traditional psychotherapy.
LICENSING: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, California PSY 16743
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Jan., 1992. California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, June, 1988. California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA
M.A. in General/Experimental Psychology, June, 1981. California State University Northridge, CA
B.A. May, 1975. California State University Northridge, CA Major: Psychology; Minor: Biology
- June 2000 - Present: Private Practice, Los Angeles, CA
Individual and group treatment of adults of all ages, focusing on: recovery from child abuse trauma; women's issues; self-esteem; multicultural identity development; Lesbian, Gay, Bi issues; Family and friends of the LGBTQ community; life transitions; stress and coping; chronic pain or illness; individuals adjusting to life-threatening medical crises, their spouses/partners and family members; grief and loss.
- September 1993- January 1997: Registered Psychological Assistant to Katherine Emerick, Ph.D., Ventura, CA http://www.drkayemerick.com
Short and long-term psychotherapy with adult individuals recovering from trauma.
- April 1992-April 1993: Registered Psychological Assistant to Marlyn Osborne, Ph.D., Fullerton, California
Psychotherapy with individuals and groups. Emphasis on treatment of adult survivors of child abuse and alcoholic family systems.
- February 1987-November 1997: CHILDHELP National Child Abuse Hotline, Hollywood, CA
Provided telephone crisis intervention and referral for victims and perpetrators of sexual, physical, and emotional child abuse and neglect. Co-facilitated sexual abuse survivors group.
- February 1992-July 1992: Counseling Psychologist, Counseling Center, University of California, Irvine
Half time temporary position providing counseling services to student population presenting with a variety of difficulties. Duties included conducting intake interviews, crisis intervention, time-limited therapy with individuals and couples, short term career counseling, and co leading group: "Incest Survivors."
- August 1989-July 1990: Psychology Intern, Counseling Center, University of California, Irvine
Time-limited therapy with individuals and couples, short term career counseling, crisis intervention; co-led groups: "Incest Survivors," "Overcoming Shyness" and "Non-traditional Women Students. " Presented workshops on: communication skills, stress management, staff burnout, awareness of environmental issues, women's issues, lesbian relationships, coming out issues for lesbian women, counseling lesbian and gay clients.
- August 1987-August 1988: Psychology Intern, Psychological Services Center, Calif. School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA
- August 1981- December 1985: Youth Aide/Psychiatric Aide, Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital Van Nuys, CA
August 1996 to August 2016: Associate Professor, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles, CA
Courses taught have included:
- Intercultural Processes & Human Diversity
- Multicultural Affirmative Therapy with LGBT
- The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing
- Belief Systems, Spirituality, and Psychotherapy
- Adventure Therapy
- Alternative Interventions
- Seminar in Community/Clinical Issues
- Sex Roles and Gender
- Social Bases of Behavior
- Professional Development and Ethics Group
- Advanced History and Systems in Psychology
January 2006-January 2016: Executive Director & Co-founder, Nature Conexus
Founded an educational company to promote ecopsychology, foster connection to nature and to contribute to healing both people and the planet. Developed experiential workshops and retreats for mental health professionals and the general public.
September 2002-December, 2012: Adjunct Faculty, Phillips Graduate Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Courses taught: Cultural Diversity Laboratory; Multicultural Affirmative Therapy with LGB; Advanced History & Systems in Psychology.
July, 1998-June 2006: Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University at Los Angeles
Courses taught: Community Psychology: Defining Problems and Creating Solutions; Issues in Lesbian/Gay Studies; Psychology of Peace & Nonviolence; Ecopsychology
September 2002-December 2002: Adjunct Faculty, American University of Complimentary Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Course taught: Holistic Psychology