I am a licensed doctor of psychology in California and New York, providing therapy and neuropsychological testing/evaluation. Click here to go to neuropsych information.
As a therapist, I specialize in treating Law Enforcement, Military, and Fire Department personnel for critical incident stress injuries, but also for the problems regular life can bring. Much of therapy focuses on helping clients learn to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, as well as to maneuver the important relationships in their lives. I am trained in EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD. I've practiced and taught mindfulness for over 20 years.
I am honored to be the primary Critical Incident Stress Debriefer for the San Francisco Police Department and to provide CISD services and consultation to both fire and law enforcement agencies throughout California. I've been recognized as a specialist in the treatment and training of First Responders by the FBI, Oakland Police Department, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, Oakland Fire Department, Alameda, San Mateo and Napa County Sheriff's Offices, and the California Highway Patrol. I am the Intake Coordinator for the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR), a program of the First Responder Support Network.
I began working with First Responders because, as a former New York City resident, my colleagues and I watched the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center from a nearby building. We saw amazing Responders make the choice to give their lives for others, and we made the decision to specialize in serving those who serve. As a member of the Red Cross NYC Incident Response Team, I responded to Ground Zero later that day, and for several months after the attacks. Getting over a traumatic event takes work but, with help, it can be done.
As a neuropsychologist, I provide cognitive testing to diagnose neurological disorders for UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Kaiser Permanente. Before I formed my company (Big Dog Counseling, Inc.), I was the principal neuropsychologist at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at CPMC. Neuropsychology requires advanced training and supervised experience in the relationship between the physical brain and behavior. After earning a doctorate degree, I completed 6000 hours of residency and internship at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. I volunteer my time to the nonprofit organization "Give an Hour" to provide free counseling to veterans.
I am committed to providing treatment that is tailored to the individual and sensitive to each client's needs. Look around my website and, if you'd like to make an appointment, or if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.