About Me


 
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I have been In private practice for over 25 years...

 

During this time, I have worked with individual and   couples  in both short and long-term psychotherapy. As a psychotherapist, I help individuals and couples to express their feelings and think about their experiences in a safe and  enriching environment.

I also serve as a resource for the court and for families who are in the process of separation, divorce and child custody issues. I provide mediation, co-parent counseling, family counseling, reunification, and individual coaching as parents navigate the painful and often confusing process of reorganizing their family in 

ways that best meet the needs of everyone involved.

 I have been appointed as a Special Master/Parent Coordinator and conducted Child Custody Evaluations and Brief Focused Assessments.

I also work as an expert witness and consult with attorneys and community agencies on child custody matters, high conflict divorces and civil litigation matters. I lecture about children, parents, divorce and child custody at the local, state and national levels with mediators, therapists, lawyers and judges.

 
 
 
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Associations:
 

  • Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • San Francisco Psychoanalytic Association
  • San Francisco Psychological Association Child Custody Best Practices Committee
 
 

Presentations:

     
    • ""Transference, Countertransference and Beyond: Building and Maintaining Boundaries as a Family lawyer"
    • SF Bay Area Bar Association October 2015
      Palo Alto Area Bar Association.

    • "The Co-Parent Couple: Psychoanalytic approach to working with high conflict separating and divorcing couples in Co-parent counseling" 

    • "How Attachment Theory Can (and Can’t) Guide Custody Decisions,"  State Bar of California’s Family Law Section Webinar,   April 2013.
    • "How Attachment Theory Can (and Can't) Guide Custody Decisions," October 2012.
    • “Has the Pendulum Swung? Revisiting the Psychological Needs of the Child,” AFCC 49th Annual Conference, Chicago, June 2012
    • "How Learning and Psychological Styles Affect Participation in Collaborative Divorce - CoParent Counseling in High Conflict Divorce," October 2011
    • "Brief Focused Evaluation" AFCC Annual Conference, California,  June 2011
    • "Expert Witness: Master’s In Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates"
      San Francisco Trial Lawyers
    • "Developmental stages of a child in relationship to time share"
      San Francisco Family Law Bar
    • "Distinctions between Mediation and Special Master in managing parenting conflicts"
      San Francisco Family Law Bar
    • "How to work as a Special Master"
      San Francisco Family Law Bar
    • "Working with high conflict families"
      San Francisco Family Law Bar
    • "Using an Expert to Prepare your Client for a Custody Evaluation"
    • "How to read and evaluate an evaluation"
      San Mateo Family Law Bar
    • "Using an Expert to Prepare your Client for a Custody Evaluation

    • "Age Appropriate Schedules and Developmental Stages of Children"
      San Francisco Psychoanalytic Association