I have been a psychologist for over 30 years, trained in Ohio and licensed initially in Illinois, then in Maine. I left direct clinical practice twice to work for a large, Fortune 500 company at the Vice President level. You might say that I've had one foot planted in the therapy room and the other in the middle of corporate dynamics. If you are a woman working in a large organization of any kind, I get it. There is a price to be paid for your success that may not be visible to others.
Early in my career I was fascinated by the psychological aspects of medical conditions. As a clinical health psychologist on staff in a University teaching hospital, my patients were trying to make sense of what had happened to them. They faced existential issues that elicited high levels of anxiety, fear, and dread. In therapy we worked to individualize anxiety management approaches so that life was rich and satisfying, even if shortened. When a person truly gets present to the unpredictability of life, it becomes clearer that life only exists in the present. In fact, the present is the only place where life allows us to change course and understand ourselves differently.
I grew up in southern California with a deep love of the ocean; I missed it throughout graduate school and early work experiences. While working with patients in therapy to pursue their dreams, I decided to take action on one of my own, and relocated to live near the water again, surrounded by natural beauty, on the southern coast of Maine.
I rely primarily upon cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and attachment theory to support patients in making life changes. I am a trauma-informed therapist though I tend to see people who have previously done some therapeutic healing around childhood trauma. Translation: I like to work with people in the "here and now" of their adult lives; sometimes we go back in time to take a look at how you learned the rules by which you live your life habitually so you can make new choices.