WHO AM I
My interests in psychotherapy have been heavily influenced by my dual interests in science and religion. As a psychology major in college and graduate school, I was drawn to the science of psychological research and the quantification of human behavior espoused by behavioral and organizational psychology (e.g. experimental design, Skinner boxes, statistical analysis). Later, as a graduate student in clinical psychology, I was deeply influenced by Carl Rogers' emphasis on the importance of the relationship between therapist and client in facilitating healing and growth. At this same time, I was exploring religious traditions and stumbled upon Buddhist religion and psychology. I quickly discovered that Buddhist psychology bridged the scientific and humanistic approaches that my prior experiences with Western psychology had kept separate.
In sum, I am a deep listener, an encourager of asserting personal power, and a benevolent problem solver.
There are few topics that I enjoy discussing as much as relationships and sexuality. Ask me anything about sex or relationships and if I can't answer your question, I know someone who can.
In addition to being a therapist, I have a long history of teaching in a variety of settings to a variety of people and occupations. I have been teaching a course in human sexuality at Columbia College Chicago since 2005 and currently completing work towards certification as a sex therapist. I have over twenty-five years of experience working with individuals, couples, and businesses as a psychotherapist, educator, and consultant.
I'm a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois (Lic. #180-002936). I earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1996 as well as a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology from Kansas State University in 1990.