"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ao. The second best time to plant a tree is NOW." Chinese Proverb
As a Holistic, Integrative Practitioner, I work with people who are ready, willing and able to invest in themselves, people who are committed to the idea of themselves and all that they can be.
I work with people who are"sick" of being "treated" as nothing more than a diagnostic label, and who, instead, are ready to be seen, heard and treated as a whole person, seeking to live a balanced life. Drawing on my many years of extensive training and broad scope of knowledge, I will help you to create a completely personalized “roadmap"that will enable you to achieve the physical, emotional and interpersonal health and transformation that you deeply yearn for and that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. I will be your "GPS", as we together, explore and find ways to improve your life. I will teach you how to:
- resolve negative beliefs and feelings about yourself
- identify and resolve the factors in your life that contribute to you feeling dejected, moody, pessimistic, sad. distressed, unhappy and blue
- free yourself of preoccupations with and fears about food, body image and weight and learn how to identify what for you, is the best diet for weight loss and improved overall health
- learn highly effective, proven techniques for managing health, work, environmental and life transition stressors
- resolve traumatic experiences
- free yourself of sugar or other food "addictions"
- identify the best diet for your unique biology or health problem
- overcome worrying, nervousness, uncertainty, apprehension, fear, and feelings of self-doubt
- acquire highly effective communication techniques to improve or resolve relationship problems
- resolve grief, loss, shame, and guilt
- increase motivation, enhance overall performance and be more assertive.
After over thirty five years of practice as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I retired from my practice in 2012, to pursue training in Holistic and Integrative Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. I now have a private practice as a Holistic, Integrative Life, Health and Wellness Coach/Practitioner. After completing my one year of intensive training, I received my Certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) in 2013.This enables me to practice in a truly holistic way, one which focuses upon the pursuit of health and healing rather than diagnosing, pathologizing and supressing symptoms. I am now free to leave behind the world of being encouraged, if not forced, to view you as nothing more than a diagnostic disorder, and instead, to relate to you as a multi-faceted, infinitely complex whole person. I no longer practice as Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I do not diagnose, nor do I treat or cure any disease, condition or other physical ailment of the human body, or any diagnosable mental or psychological ailment or disorder. I do work with and refer my clents to more traditional health practitioners ( physicians,naturopaths, chiropracors, psychologists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, etc.), if they do have a diagnosable physical, mental or psychological condition.
In my many years practicing as a Clinical Psychologist, I had the opportunity and honor to work in a variety of settings. I began my career with a private practice in Los Angeles, California, as well as teaching at a number of colleges and universities ( UCLA, UCSC, California State University at Northridge and Long Beach, Immaculate Heart College, and The California scool of Professional Psychology ). I also worked as a Consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, doing psychological evaluations of law enforcement applicants and officers.
Later, I moved to Wyoming, where I was the Chief Psychologist at the Pineridge Psychiatric Hospital for several years. There, I helped to set up an Eating Disorders Program and also evaluated every patient who was admitted to either the psychology program or the chemical dependency program. I also supervised the therapy staff, taught classes to and did individual and group therapy with patients, and worked on innovating the development of wilderness therapy programs in collaboration with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, WY.
Next, I moved to Oregon and became Director of the Eating Disorders Outpatient Treatment Program at Portland Adventist Medical Center and began my private practice in Gresham, Oregon.
Over my 35+ years of practice as a Clinical Psychologist, I worked with people with a broad variety of emotional, relationship and health issues, including:
- eating disorders
- depressed moods
- worrying, anxiety and fear
- auto-immune diseases
- cardiovascular disease
- unresolved grief
- relationship conflict
- sleep disorders
- joint pain
- unresolved trauma (PTSD)
- sugar and other food addictions
- food allergies
- weight problems
Now, as a Holistic Practitioner, I am able to bring to my practice the additional knowledge and skills that enable me to teach you how to achieve and maintain a healthy digestive system, which is the critical foundation of emotional, mental and physical health. I also teach people that digestion is not just about food. It is also about your ability to "digest" the many unresolved issues in your life which effect your overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. For example, whether you are "at war" with your spouse, your kids, your family, your co-workers, or your self and/or your body, you will not be able to attain good overall physical, emotional or relationship health until you "digest" and resolve all of the issues that underlie those conflict.
I practice out of my home, which is in a beautiful country setting, and am also available for phone consultations. I consider one's connection to nature and animals to be a vital part of human health. Given all of my years of experience, I am able to work with adults, teens and older children, on most issues that arise by virtue of being a human being on the planet at this very difficult point in time.
Are you curious about how Integrative Therapy can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.
The barn, where my three goats, Nadal, Barley and Teff live.