Education and Qualifications

Psychotherapist 's education and training

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – LMFT 52271

License to practice psychotherapy, provided by the state of California.  MFTs have a master’s degree in counseling psychology and gain a minimum of 3000 hours of clinical experience before they can sit for licensing exams.

BA John F Kennedy University

MA California Institutue of Integral Studies

  • Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, specialising in Somatics

Somatic psychology includes body sensations and experiences  in therapy.  Our emotional history is recorded in our bodies, in our posture and gestures.  Contacting these in a safe therapeutic environment can be transformative.

Hakomi Institute of California

  • Comprehensive Training – a two year course in the Hakomi method.
  • Recreating the Self – this advanced technique is used to access your internal spiritual resources.
  • Responding to Life – this three month course studies the formation of character, helping to understand your habitual responses to life, and to transform those aspects you no longer find useful.

Hakomi is a somatic  technique  based on principles of mindfulness and compassion.   It is holistic, meaning that your entire being – body, soul and spirit – is worthy of attention.   In this method, therapist and client work together to study your experience, working in the present moment, though we include elements from the past and the future.  When therapist and client work together in this way, old problems and issues can become solutions, rather than “stuckness”.

Humanitarian Assistance Program

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Parts One and Two

EMDR has been tested to be effective for the resolution of trauma, though it has many other applications as well.


Healing Shame

Membership in Professional Organizations

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Parnell Institute

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

East Bay Chapter CAMFT