I was born and raised in New York. As an adolescent and young adult, many of my friends would come to me to talk out situations that were distressing to them. I soon learned that this was not only something I enjoyed immensely, but I was also good at helping them sort things out.
At age 27 I moved to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. It was time for me to study my lifelong dream: psychology. The university gave me a very complete foundation in clinical psychology with an emphasis on behavioral approaches. When I graduated with my B.A. in 1981, I knew that I wanted to study a more humanistic approach and began my graduate work at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.
During my three years at JFK, I concentrated on family system approaches to psychotherapy. I was extremely interested in eating disorders and body image issues, especially in men.
I soon learned that our society generally does not believe that men experience poor body image or the disorders of anorexia nervosa or bulimia. I was extremely curious about this population and focused my elective studies on this area of concentration. My master’s thesis – Males with Eating Disorders – was one of the few early explorations on this topic, and even today, 26 years later, there is still little written about men with these conditions. I contend that men are less likely to come forth and seek therapy for something our society doesn’t believe they are supposed to have.
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been in practice for over 25 years. While I specialize in eating disorders, I also have very successfully worked with couples, individuals, adolescents and families on a wide range of issues to help them achieve their goals. In 2005, I suffered a cervical fracture and have used this experience to motivate others with medical conditions and/or traumatic injury to move forward with their lives and to utilize pain management strategies.
I very much look forward to hearing from you so we can begin planning steps to help you address your issues and goals.
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Lic.#23944)
East Bay Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED)
Transforming Eating Disorders Association (TEDA)
Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)