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 a past 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.
Maddie the Therapy Dog
I adopted Maddie from the East Bay SCPA in 2011, where we also became certified as a therapy team. She touched many lives, working with me during play therapy sessions and psychological assessments with elementary school students, creating and running canine-assisted group therapy programs for veterans and college students, and, as she eased into retirement, occasionally visiting people with me in private practice. Sadly, Maddie passed away in December of 2018. This tiny piece of the internet is a tribute to her and all the amazing people she helped over the years.