About Me

I specialize in therapy for couples and individuals.  As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have been helping couples and individuals improve their lives and relationships for over 20 years.  I have a small, welcoming office in downtown Palo Alto, where I typically see clients on a weekly basis. 

 

Educational Background

LICENSES California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 1994
MFC 31857
   
DEGREES MA Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, 1992
BA French, Bucknell University, 1985
   
ASSOCIATIONS    California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Santa Clara County Chapter CAMFT
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

During these unusual and trying times, I am accepting new clients and holding all sessions remotely via a secure video conference site.  I’m also offering a free initial sessions for new couples or individuals looking for a therapist.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Couples Therapy

 

Couples typically seek therapy in response to a crisis, hoping for a non-judgmental third-party to help them manage the situation and their resulting feelings.

I provide these couples with a safe container to explore, cope with and resolve their problems, which often include: affairs, intimacy or financial issues, conflict, loss of connection, or questions about the future of their relationship. Often other personal issues and stressors contribute to their relationship challenges including addictions, career dissatisfaction, parenting, family of origin, or self-esteem issues.

             

 

Once we have established initial stability and trust, we search for the unmet needs and hidden vulnerabilities which usually underlie the pressing problems.

 

Through this exploration, I help both partners to develop or reconnect with their understanding and empathy for the other’s experience. From there, we find ways for them to work on these issues, both internally and within the relationship. Both patience and bravery are required from couples who push the edge of their capacities to learn to identify and meet each other’s needs. The couples’ hard work results in new levels of trust and communication, as well as the skills to resolve future problems.

 

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Individual Therapy

 

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Individuals who seek my help are often experiencing stress, anxiety or depression due to a variety of issues. Some have difficulty establishing or maintaining relationships, resolving conflicts with significant others, family, friends, and even co-workers.  It is common for adults to be dealing with addictions and sobriety, career re-evaluations, life transitions, and parenting issues, as well as problems resulting from low self-esteem.  

In session, we explore various relationships and experiences, both past and present, to better understand and eventually transform uncertainty, overwhelming feelings, unwanted but unrelenting behaviors, and relationship problems.

The therapeutic relationship I establish with my clients provides a safe, non-judgmental space for them to develop a stronger sense of themselves, their issues, and more effective ways of relating to others and managing their lives. 

 

Fees

 

 

My standard rate is $200 for each 50-minute session.

I make a limited number of low-fee appointments available during off-peak hours for clients experiencing financial challenges, and I strive to find arrangements that work for everyone.

I provide statements that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. 

 

 

 

 

 

office address


I’m located in downtown Palo Alto on University Ave one block from Middlefield.

630-B University Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94301

 

650-323-3340

You can call any time and leave a message.  I strive to return all calls within 24 hours.

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