- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary (American Psychological Association accredited program), Pasadena, CA, 1992
- Post-doctoral fellow, The Traumatic Stress Institute, South Windsor, CT, 1992-1994
- Psychoanalytic training, Contemporary Freudian Institute & Society 2005-2012.
I have practiced as a licensed psychologist since 1994. I have extensive training in the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approach to psychotherapy, from early in my career in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy pre-doctoral fellowship program at the Wright Institute Los Angeles, to my recent formal training in psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Training Institute (formerly the New York Freudian).
After completing a 2 year residency at The Traumatic Stress Institute intensely emerged in learning about conducting psychodynamic psychotherapy with traumatized individuals, I opened my own practice in rural Northern California, where it was my privilege to work with a broad range of individuals suffering from a wide-range of psychological difficulties. I also had an opportunity there to gain experience working with many couples and families.
Since relocating to the D.C. Metro area in 2006, I have developed a practice that includes psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychological evaluation, and teaching.
In addition to my expertise in the treatment of victims of trauma and interpersonal violence, and my general psychotherapy practitioner background, I have added a focus on working with families and individuals who are experiencing life transitions, such as cultural displacement and relocation, relationship losses, and receiving a diagnosis of serious illness.
Psychological Evaluations/Forensic Trauma
I have evaluated individuals involved in legal proceedings who have experienced traumatic life events to determine the presence/absence of PTSD and other trauma induced syndromes. I have evaluated a number of adult men who have claimed abuse by Catholic priests when they were children.
I have been on the faculty of The Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, CA and Argosy University in Arlington, VA. Currently, I am on the faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry, where I teach in the Clinical Psychotherapy Practice Program.
Supervision/Consultation with Professionals
I am a supervisor to students in the Clinical Psychotherapy Practice Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. In 2009-2010, I completed a certificate program in supervision at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Currently I also see individual mental health professionals on a fee for service basis for clinical supervision.
I am the author of several peer reviewed papers, and co-author with Laurie Pearlman, Ph.D. of the Life Orientation Inventory, an assessment instrument. My most recent paper is “Psychoanalysis in Cyberspace” ( January, 2012 in the Candidate, an on-line publication of the International Psychoanalytic Association) which discusses the role of internet psychoanalysis in contemporary culture.
Professional Memberships and Professional Contributions
I am a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) and Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, The International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Society of Law Psychology.
I am licensed as a psychologist in Maryland (#04189) and Washington, D.C. (#1000505). I am also licensed, inactive status, in California (#PSY13931).