I’m one of the lucky ones who knew at 15 what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had no idea how rich, meaningful, and varied my career as a psychologist could and would be. I got my PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University where I trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. It was there that my passion for treating anxiety using evidence based methods took root. I learned Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from several incredible mentors. After four years of New England winters, I returned to the place that had become my beloved home—”America’s Finest City,” San Diego, CA. I completed my internship and post-doctoral training at UCSD.
For the past eleven years I have been running a private practice—The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management (CSAM)—where I am blessed to work with an incredible team of women that are the life blood of the clinic. I also love to write, speak, and now podcast! I’ve written two books based on ACT: The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner’s Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance. When I’m not writing, counseling my fierce clients, speaking, or podcasting, I’m spending time with my amazing family, friends, and dogs, feeling grateful for this mighty life.