I grew up on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and am forever imprinted by this environment. After graduating from North Tahoe High School, I mixed school and work focusing on economics and the environment. I worked for local government and in private sector environmental permitting and consulting before going on for more schooling. After I earned my MA & Ph.D., in economics, I taught at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington for 10 years.
Then came that desire to return to my childhood home and a growing passion to pursue a career in counseling and therapy. I went back to school and earned an MA in counseling psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. I did my training at Sierra Mental Wellness Group (formerly Sierra Family Services) where I worked with a very diverse population and a broad spectrum of mental health conditions from severe mental illness to people just wanting to increase self awareness and life satisfaction. I also gained experience with all ages, couples, families, and cross-cultural counseling. This position gave me experience working with a variety of area agencies, schools, non-profit organizations and medical professionals. I started my private practice in early 2009, a move that will allow me to continue my own growth in to a leading area counseling therapist.
I have a great enthusiasm for psychotherapy, psychology and neuropsychology. As nerdy as it sounds, I find endless joy and fascination in keeping up with the literature and trends in the field, attending trainings, and continuing my education. This work is my passion. Of course, I try to balance my work with other life ventures. In play, I’m a generalist. I have a particular love of backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and swimming in the lake as well as a fascination with animals and fish. Of course a great day is hanging out with friends and family and dogs in this stunning environment that I get to call home.