I was born and raised in San Francisco until the age of eight when my family moved to Washington, DC. My Jewish background emphasized learning, ethics, and making a contribution to healing the world.
Education and training highlights include:
- Undergraduate degree in History from Stanford, including studies in France, 1978
- PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University, 1988
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1988-89
- Certification in Psychoanalysis, Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, 1993
From 1989 to 1994 I was a Psychologist at the Counseling Service of Columbia University and taught an undergraduate course in Human Development.
In 1994 I moved to Portland to take advantage of the Pacific Northwest outdoors lifestyle. For 3 years I served as Mental Health Clinical Supervisor at Providence Portland Medical Center. For more than a decade I also served as Consulting Psychologist for Cancer Rehabilitation Services at Legacy Good Samaritan and Emanuel Hospitals.
I have been in private practice since 1989, full-time since 1997. Currently I am a faculty member and training analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, which has a weekend training program open to Portland mental health professionals.
In addition, I am a long-time practitioner and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga. My yoga practice is an essential part of my personal well-being and inspires my clinical philosophy. Please read my Blog to learn more about the timeless insights of yoga and how yoga can enhance mental health.