About Me


Welcome

Have you ever wondered what successful people know that you don't? For over twenty years, I have worked with people to help clarify what keeps them stuck or struggling and move them forward in ways they never thought possible. Challenge Your Thinking Podcast is a natural outgrowth of my practice which is about helping you to find ways to overcome obstacles or challenges that stand in your way. If you are interested in making major shifts in your life, business or relationships let's talk.

 

My goal is to help you or you and your partner find the kind of life you want and help you to understand what has been standing in your way. Twenty plus years of ongoing training and teaching experience in psychoanalytic technique and clinical training has shaped my work and how I can help you move forward.

With a combined depth of experience that spans 35 years I help individuals and couples lead more fulfilling lives. My successful private practice as a psychotherapist, couples therapist, psychoanalyst and professional executive coach in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years emerged from 15 years as a counselor at various East Coast and Bay Area non-profits.

I work with many professionals at various stages of their careers to catapult them to partnerships, executive level positions, and philanthropy. In addition to my clinical practice in downtown San Francisco, I have instructed and supervised students at Bay Area colleges, universities and institutes and was recently honored when many of my students and colleagues voted me “one of San Francisco’s Best Psychologists.”

I currently serve on the Advisory Board to Access Institute for Psychological Services where I am the Past President of the Board of Directors, and the former Board Development Chair. Access Institute is one of the premier Bay Area Post Doctoral training programs that delivers affordable psychological services for those without adequate insurance or the means to afford high-quality, longer-term treatment.  I also serve as an Advisory Board Member for We Save Lives.Org dedicated to preventing the 3D’s (driving drunk, drugged or distracted).

As an active member of numerous professional organizations and associations, I have dedicated countless volunteer hours providing pro bono psychotherapy and consultation for various Bay Area non-profits.

Currently, I am on the volunteer roster to provide psychotherapy services for Giving an Hour, and The Coming Home Project. Both of these organizations provide therapeutic services for returning veterans and their families.

With a Communications degree and as the former host of a radio program, I have combined two interests by creating two documentary films and a Podcast. One of these films is about a psychoanalytic icon, Dr. Hedda Bolgar. Dr. Bolgar left Vienna the very day that Hitler arrived in March of 1938. The ITunes Challenge Your Thinking Podcast was created to inspire others to overcome fear and move forward in their lives and in their relationships. My publications, papers, studies and podcasts cover such topics (to name a few) as overcoming fear, roadblocks to success, relationships, living with integrity, sex abuse, body image, eating disorders, and people who use porn, strippers and/or cheating as a defense against intimacy.

I received a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of California at Berkeley, completed my post-master’s psychodynamic training at the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, and received my Doctorate in Psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Additionally, I have pursued couples therapy training and consultation with many psychoanalytic icons and couples therapy theorists and researchers. If you have been searching or Googling “San Francisco Psychologists,” “Couples Therapy,” or “Psychologist” in San Francisco you have landed in the right place. Welcome.