I'm originally from Boston and I've lived in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. I earned my B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. I am also President of the Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology and a past Scholar of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.
Some of my interests include the intersection of the arts—especially acting, improvisation, and performance—and psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, Buddhist psychology, sports psychology, and canine-assisted therapy. My academic writing has looked at what acting and improvisational technique have to offer psychotherapeutic technique.
In addition to my work as a psychologist, I've also written and directed an independent film, released albums as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and performed sketch, improv, and musical comedy in Los Angeles and New York City. I graduated from the Two-Year Professional Actor Training Program at the William Esper Studio in New York and studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.
Meet Maddie the Therapy Dog
I adopted Maddie from the East Bay SCPA–where we also became certified as a therapy team–when she was six years old. Now 13, Maddie has worked with many children, college students, and veterans in psychotherapy and during psychological assessments. After many years of working as a therapy dog, Maddie is currently enjoying early retirement.