After working for over a decade in the area of international and cross-cultural education, I began graduate work in the field of psychology. My initial graduate degree was an M.A. in Existential Phenomenological Psychology at Seattle University. Early in this program, I decided I wanted to pursue a doctoral degree, and upon completion of my MA, I applied and was accepted into the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Seattle Pacific University. I have always been grateful for my philosophical foundation while appreciating the rigor and scientific emphasis of my PhD program. During my studies, I hoped for a career in clinical psychology, with perhaps teaching a bit on the side.
Following graduation, however, I began teaching full-time at both Antioch University Seattle, and Holy Names Academy, with a small clinical practice. Eventually, I consolidated my teaching to Holy Names Academy, then shifted solely in private practice. After 5 years of full-time private practice, I found myself missing teaching and returned to Antioch University Seattle, shifting back to an emphasis on teaching, with a small clinical practice.
I am a relational psychologist, with a firm foundation in the intersection of neurological science and clinical practice, as well as existential and self-psychology. My clinical interests include psychology of women and gender issues, chronic mental illness and personality disorders, and processes of growth and change. I retain a keen interest in multicultural psychology, social psychology, and existential philosophy. These areas overlap with my research interests.