About Me

About Me

I am a Contemporary Psychoanalyst, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional for Complex Trauma and Master Certified Life Coach engaged in private practice in Pasadena, CA since 1998.

I hold an M.A. in history and linguistics from the Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA , and earned my PhD in Psychoanalysis at The Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (SCPI -- now The New Center) in Los Angeles.  Additionally I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional for Complex Trauma (CCTP-II) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) and a Master Certified Life Coach (MCLC) via Certified Life Coach Institute (CLCI), an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited institute.  Among my further trainings and certifications are Advanced Trainings in Trauma and Dissociation,  trauma training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP level I), Deb Dana's Polyvagal Informed Therapy and Janina Fisher's Trauma Informed Stabilization Training (TIST I and II).  I am on faculty as well as a Training and Supervising Analyst at NPI (Newport Psychoanalytic Institute),  a Training and Supervising Analyst at ICP (Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis), past director of the Trauma Training Program of Rose City Counseling Center in Pasadena, and am continuing to teach a seminar on trauma treatment basics for practicing clinicians.

I provide treatment for adults and adolescents, utilizing an approach of trauma-informed contemporary relational sensibilities.

I have been continuously licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California since 1998.

Professional Activities and Memberships
I am a member of and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute (NPI) in Orange/Pasadena, a member of and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles, a member of CAMFT (California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists), IARPP (International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy), IAPSP (International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology), IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals), of ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies), of SPI (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute) and am a clinical fellow at NPSA (International Neuropsychoanalysis Society.)

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