B.A. 1977 University of Colorado, Boulder
MA 1979 California School Of Professional Psychology
Post Doctoral Training
Ph.D. 1981 California School Of Professional Psychology
1982-84 Reiss Davis Child Study Center, Los Angles, CA
Internships and Research
Two internships early in my training were pivotal in my personal-professional growth. One internship was at Vacaville Medical Correctional Facility, a medium security prison. I worked with murderers, rapists, schizophrenics, and some individuals who fell off the diagnostic charts. I felt enormous satisfaction in discovering my courage as I worked with these individuals and dealt with the harsh complexity of the prison environment. I developed a deep understanding of the relationship between severe childhood trauma and corresponding adult behavior.
After my first internship ended, I conducted research in the prison for my doctoral dissertation, A Psychodynamic Case Study of Repeat Rapists, which examined the relationship between early childhood sexual abuse and the later development of repeat rape behavior.
Adolescent Day Treatment Center of Children’s Hospital, San Francisco
In a second internship I worked with severely disturbed adolescents in the Adolescent Day Treatment Program, associated with Children's Hospital of San Francisco. Through exposure to a group of dedicated therapists and an excellent training program, I learned the importance of client advocacy and the remarkable, subtle connections between internal emotional states and overt behavior.
Post Doctoral Training
Reiss-Davis Child Study Center
After earning my doctorate, I moved to Los Angeles to do a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, where I received extensive training in child and adolescent psychotherapy and psychological assessment. At Reiss-Davis I had the good fortune of being supervised by Jim Gooch, MD. He was grounded, flexible, and compassionate. He helped me realize the importance of being fully present with another while maintaining a clear sense of self, whether in therapy or in our most intimate relationships. Through my training I had developed a strong psychoanalytic theoretical foundation grounded in my readings and the supervision I received. I had acquired extensive experience working with difficult clients, many of whom had traumatic childhoods. After I finished at Reiss-Davis, I felt ready to meet the world as a child psychologist.