For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to work with adolescents. My first experience was as a job coach at a Boys and Girls Club. At the same time I volunteered at a drop-in counseling center at a local high school. This led me to the University of California, Berkeley where I obtained my Masters in Social Work in 1987. Since that time and for the last 28 years, I have worked with youth in settings which include residential treatment, a police-operated crisis center and a community mental health center. For the past 16 years I have been in private practice focused primarily on teens.
My area of interest is with adolescents as they negotiate the twists and turns inherent during this difficult period. Anger management, relationships, school problems, divorce, blended families, high risk behavior, decision-making and defiance are just some of the bumps that are often encountered along their path. I am direct and honest with a strong emphasis on accountability and personal responsibility. I also want and need to work closely with the parents. I see the work as a collaboration towards the goal of a healthy and successful launching into adulthood.