Scientific discoveries happen not through method or magic, but from being open to discovery, by listening to one’s emotions, and responding to intuition. Like a poet, the researcher as well as the therapist, needs the ability to imagine what the truth might be.
- Pauline Boss, 2006
I have been practicing psychotherapy for 37 years, first in a few agency settings, and in independent practice since 1988. In this time, I have pursued many kinds of training and engaged in much therapy work myself.
My training and early work were in Family Systems Therapy with children and families in community mental health. As a new and young therapist, I was searching for a professional home, and participated in trainings in several schools of therapy: I studied sexual abuse treatment, play therapy, sand tray work, Jungian theory, hypnotherapy, brief therapy, and more. I first became a supervisor of others as a child and family therapist in a community agency. Beginning in the early 1990's, I joined classes on object relations through Seattle's Center for Object Relations, and on relational work through Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis (now closed). I eventually found my professional home in the Relational branch of the psychoanalytic tree. I appreciate the immediacy of the here and now experiences, and making such use of the therapy relationship itself. For me therapy is best as a collaborative process with learning emerging for all involved.
More recently my study has been in integrating what I and others have learned and experienced through meditation and mindfulness, and from the exciting findings -- and affirmation -- from neuroscience. I have studied Somatic Transformation with Sharon Stanley on Bainbridge Island, Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy with Stan Tatkin from Los Angeles, and Emotionally Focused Couples Couples Therapy based on the work of Sue Johnson of Ottawa and her Vancouver BC colleagues.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences at the University of Michigan in the late 1970’s, and completed my graduate studies in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in 1983.