We know ourselves only as far as we’ve been tested.
I tell you this from my unknown heart.

Wisława Szymborska

I am a

For over thirty years I’ve counseled individuals, couples, and families with big, complicated challenges. I have steady nerves, clear vision, unrelenting optimism that people can grow through their worst crises, and heart.

I am a

My passion for helping, counseling, and social work is so great, I teach others about it. After teaching graduate students for seventeen years, I now offer continuing education to professionals in non-profit, mental health, and other healthcare settings, training on trauma-informed care, supervision practices, and the ethics of helping.

Strong @ the
Broken Places

Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” I have a career-long passion for helping people in the helping professions explore the impact of workplace overwhelm, the cumulative, transformative impact of working with people facing extreme adversities, and ways to expand professional insight and resilience.

Continuing Education

Centering Racial Justice in Clinical Ethical Decision-making

April 5, 2024, 8:30 am-4:00pm

In the wake of the COVID pandemic, with its economic upheavals, violent impacts on communities of color, and global rise of political extremism, it is imperative for helping professionals to center racial justice in the ways they work, particularly when it comes to clinical ethical decision-making. How do we deepen our commitment to racial justice beyond the usual statements about cultural competency and social justice? Contemporary thinking in anti-racism and anti-oppressive practices provides an innovative framework.

Debriefing Critical Incidents, Creating Healing Spaces

May 9-10, 2024, 8:30 am-3:00 pm

This two-day, in-person workshop introduces an innovative, research-based model of critical incident debriefing. The model promotes the creation of healing spaces grounded in trust-building, physical and emotional self-regulation, and increased awareness of physiological responses to extreme stress.

Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand.