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About Me



I was born in Brooklyn, New York in an intact working class Irish Catholic family and there I attended elementary school and high school.  When I was fourteen, with my father's encouragement, I became employed as a Junior Counselor in a CYO summer daycamp.  I enjoyed working with the 5 and 6 year old children, I received excellent training and I was rewarded with commendations and bonuses for outstanding performance.  I continued my summer work at CYO as a senior counselor for several years.

My entrance into college in 1968 gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons as I was enrolled in the experimental College of Liberal Arts at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. While my parents chose to move to Long Island, I took the opportunity to find shared housing situations in various neighborhoods in Manhattan.  It was an exciting time to be exposed to the cutting edge of political and social thinking.  A typical day might find me going from the lecture hall where Margaret Mead was speaking to an anti-Vietnam war protest to my work in a storefront adjacent to the Westside projects where the Fordham University Social Effort (FUSE) conducted tutoring and recreational programs for kids.  After graduating I traveled with friends and eventually relocated to San Francisco.

While continuing to evolve my understanding of children and deepening my commitment to creating emotionally healthy educational environments for kids, I sought employnment in California.  I was very fortunate to find the San Francisco School in 1976 where I began my professional career.  SFS is an independent progressive school serving diverse families in San Francisco with children two and a half years old through 8th grade.  While employed as an Assistant Teacher in the Montessori preschool/kindergarten I entered a two year teacher training program, obtained my certification and subesequently was retained in the position of Head Teacher.  I continued my employment at SFS for a total of 27 years and there I grew enormously as an educator, as a colaborator, as a person.  I also took every opportunity to increase my awareness of human development, psychology, parenting, learning, and creativity and in 1990 I decided to return to school to obtain an advanced degree in Counseling Psychology.  While teaching full time I was able to find the time to attend classes and participate in internships until I acheived my licensure in June of 2000.  I retired from teaching in 2005 and began employment as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for Jewish Family and Children's Services in Marin County.  In that role I consulted with teachers, directors and parents of pre-schoolers in 10 diverse programs throughout the county and worked closely with a team of licensed clinicians until August of 2005.  Since then I have focused on my busy private practice in both San Francisco and Novato.  I reside in Novato with my beloved Anne and my cat Moo.


BS Social Sciences 1972                         Fordham University College of Liberal Arts at Lincoln Center NYC
Montessori Teaching Certification        Sonoma State University 1979
MS Counseling Psychology                     San Francisco State University 1996
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist   MFC36762
State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners June 2000 

Nationally Certified Counselor NCC 36435
National Board of Certified Counselors NBCC


The San Francisco School
300 Gaven Street S.F.
Pre-school and Kindergarten Head Teacher                            1977-2005

Jewish Family and Children's Services
600 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant                                July 2005 - August 2010

Selected Trainings

Child Abuse Reporting Laws 

Spanish for Mental Health Professionals

Child Trauma Training Institute   UCSF
Dr. Alecia Liberman
The Dangerous Client                                                

Treating Children- Legal Issues                                  

4 C's: San Mateo Childcare Council Conference          

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health                              

Tender Care for our Elderly                                        

Parent Empowerment:  Positive Child Rearing            

Domestic Violence:  New Perspectives                       

Compassion's Boundaries: Law and Ethics Update    

(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprograming)

EMDR:  Level 2   Certification                                       

EMDR:  Level 1                                                             

Partnering with Managed Care                                       

Social Skills Training for Children                                  

Transforming the Difficult Child                                    

ADHD  Outside the Box                                                 

Experiential Couples Work                                          

Treatment of Trauma                                                      

Victims of Crime                                                         

Difficult Children:  Assessment and Treatment             

Chemical Dependency                                                  

Attention Deficit Disorder                                               

Social Skills for Latency Age Children              

Structural Assessment and Interventions                     
Art Therapy With Families                                        


Couples Treatment                                                       

Sand Tray Workshop                                                 

Play Therapy                                                                 

Disorders of the Self                                                 

Grief Counseling Certification                                     

Somatic Therapy and Transference                              

Evaluation and Treatment of Couples                       

Sandtray Training                                                           

SandTray Case Studies                                             

The Painting Experience                                    

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