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

Expanding “The Shrink Next Door”

December 6th and 13th, 9am-11am (both days)

This two-part webinar uses a single case study to explore clinical ethics (conflicts of interest, dual relationships, fraud, and incompetence).

“The Shrink Next Door” is a podcast and television drama series based on the true story of psychiatrist Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf’s thirty-year-long relationship with one of his clients. In 2021, New York’s Department of Health determined that the doctor violated “minimal acceptable standards of care in the psychotherapeutic relationship” and revoked his license to practice. While an egregious example of exploitation, this true story also provides an opportunity to explore the complex intersection of the therapeutic alliance, transference and countertransference, treatment interventions, and clinical ethics (in particular conflicts of interest, dual relationships, fraud, incompetence).

Debriefing Critical Incidents, Creating Healing Spaces

September 12-13, 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.