While I feel that I have valuable experience and training to offer to a potential client, what they choose to do with the information I provide is totally up to them (you?). It is your life. I cannot make critical decisions for you or take the credit when you do the hard work required to bring about real healing and change in your life. I very much enjoy providing a safe place for and being a witness to personal growth and change but it will be up to you to accomplish it. I guess that makes me a sort of mentor/cheerleader? (We can figure out what to call it!)
My Education/Research Background
I studied hormonal influences on behavior for 15+ years:
Combined B.A./M.A. in Behavioral Science University of Chicago 1983
Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology Cornell University 1989
Before switching gears slightly and retraining in clinical psychology:
B.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy California Lutheran University 1999
Professional and Academic Affiliations
Immediately after receiving my PhD in 1989, I taught for a year at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Hormones and Behavior and Vertebrate Sexual Behavior while studying the sexual behavior of voles in the field amongst the mosquitos at night). Then I did two postdoctoral research years split between the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis and Yellowstone National Park (studying fertility in buffalo) before returning to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY to teach in the Psychology Department (more Hormones and Behavior) and do research with many canid species (beagles, coyotes, hyenas) to develop assays that could be used to study the reproductive systems of these animals in the wild. I did have my own NSF grant for a year, but funds being as tight and jobs as scarce and academics as unfeeling as they all are … decided to change careers after about five years.
During this career change, I became very involved in the Ventura County chapter of CAMFT (state association for MFTs) for years both before becoming licensed in 2003 (MFT #39432) and after, serving as president in 2006. I continued to be a member of CAMFT (California Association of MFTs), AAMFT (American Association for MFT) and the PNA (Pituitary Network Association). I also taught as a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the graduate psychology program at California Lutheran University for several years.