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My Background


    Ph.D, California School of Professional Psychology, 1994.  

    M.S.W., New York University Graduate School of Social Work, 1972.

    B.A., Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 1969.   

Post-graduate Education

   Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Externships and Advanced Training

   Advanced Training in Scientifically Based Marital Therapy, John Gottman 

   Two Year Training Program in Family Therapy, Family Institute of Chicago

Post-graduate Fellowship

   Wright Institute Los Angeles, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy    

Professional Certifications

    Licensed Psychologist, State of California, License #PSY 15270, since 1997

    LCSW, State of California, License #LCS 13936, since 1989.  

    Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

    Certified Supervisor, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 

    Certified Emotionally-Focused Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer    

Teaching Experience

    Certified Trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy

    Adjunct Faculty, California School of Professional Psychology, 1998-2012

    Behavioral Science Faculty, Northridge Family Medicine Residency, 1997-2006

    Behavioral Science Faculty, West Suburban Family Practice Residency, 1986-8

Professional Organizations 

     Co-founder and Executive Director, Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy 

     2002 President, Los Angeles County Psychological Association

     Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Board of Directors, 1997-2005 

     American Psychological Association, Member

     California Psychological Association, Board member 2003-2006

     American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Member since 1972.

     California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Member

     American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), Charter Member

     President, Family Institute of Chicago Alumni Association, 1986-1988.

     Board Member, Family Institute of Chicago Alumni Association, 1978-1988. 

 Professional Awards

     2004 Distinguished Service to Los Angeles County Psychological Association 

     2006 Excellence in Teaching Award, Northridge Family Practice Residency   


     Guest Editor, Los Angeles Psychologist March/April 2005 issue on Couple Therapy

     How a Few of Your LACPA Leaders Built their Practices, The Los Angeles

           Psychologist, March/April 2004

     On Doing Couple Therapy, The Los Angeles Psychologist, July/August 2003

     Emotions, Mush, Authentic Selves and Connections, The Los Angeles Psychologist, 

          September/October 2002

     On Becoming Empty Nesters, The Los Angeles Psychologist, June/July 2002

     The Scientist/Practitioner Model in Couple Therapy: An Example

          The Los Angeles Psychologist, May/June 2002

     A Personal Perspective on Life, Death and Trauma, The Los Angeles Psychologist, 

          March/April 2002

     Making Connections, The Los Angeles Psychologist, January/February 2002

     On Being a Psychologist among Family Physicians, The Los Angeles Psychologist,

         November/December, 2001

Professional Presentations

     Working with Couples who have Experienced Affairs.  2 hours.  LACPA 10/11

     Engaging Withdrawn Partners Using Emotionally Focused Therapy  1.5 hrs.  10/10

     The Couples Sexual Relationship when the Children are Young.  1.5 hrs.  1/10    

     Supervision—Beyond the Basics.  6 hours. Free Clinic of Simi Valley  05/09 and 5/11

     John Gottman’s Methods in Working with Couples  6/07