Originally from Ohio, I’ve lived in the Bay Area for about 14 years. I am a licensed psychologist (CA License #PSY28150) and have a small private practice in Los Altos, California, where I work with adults encountering a variety of problems including, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and caregiver stress. I also work with highly educated professionals on issues of personal meaning and purpose as well as life and career choices. My unique approach to therapy combines evidence-based methods with an emphasis on growth and resilience.
I received both my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas, and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center, a hospital associated with Stanford University. Before that, I received a B.A. in psychology from DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Indiana. In college, I had the opportunity to spend several months studying in Spain, which was one of the most rewarding times in my life. I still enjoy travelling, and feel that I learn a lot about human nature from my travels.
An Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University for over a decade, I’ve taught scores of burgeoning therapists seeking their Masters degrees. As a professor, I’ve given hundreds of lectures for audiences in sectors including mental health, medicine, education, and business. I have spoken for Google, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, among others.
I also have authored three books: Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success (HarperCollins, 2014), Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself (American Psychological Association Books, 2010), and The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One (New Harbinger, 2008). In addition, my work has appeared in magazines such as SELF, People, ‘O’: The Oprah Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Harvard Business Review, I’ve been interviewed for national television and radio, and occasionally write articles for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.
In my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, cozy coffee shops, repairing antique fountain pens, and spending time with good friends.