graduating form Cornell University with my Bachelor’s degree I joined
the Peace Corps to spend three years in The Philippines doing development
work. I subsequently spent two years in Japan studying the language
and culture while working in education and business. I then traveled
to China where I spent one year learning Mandarin Chinese and exploring
the country before moving to Taiwan for two years to continue my
studies and support myself as a journalist. I’ve also traveled extensively
throughout Asia over the last three decades from Bombay to Hanoi
to Seoul to Malacca.
I returned to the United States to pursue my Master’s degree in
Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and, after working
as a clinical social worker for ten years providing psychotherapy
to children, adolescents and adults, I pursued my Doctoral degree.
I graduated with my Doctorate in clinical psychology in 1999 and
have been in private practice since then working with a diverse
clientele with a wide-range of issues and concerns.
My experience living and working in other cultures has helped to
expand my understanding of the human condition and greatly inform
my practice of psychology. I enjoy incorporating Eastern techniques,
such as mindfulness meditation, alongside Western approaches, especially
cognitive psychology to assist my clients in their journeys to minimize
suffering and maximize life satisfaction.
I am happy working with adults and couples as well as with children
and adolescents and their families. I have helped these people to
succeed in their efforts to overcome, better manage or adjust to
their depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, compulsions, obsessions,
addictions, relationship problems, sexual orientation, identity
issues, thought disorders, sleep disorders and stress.
I look forward to working with you too.