"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness"
My life has been dedicated to education. My goal in life has always been to be able to help and be of service to others. I have an extensive educational background, which is much too long to fully display here. Therefore, I will highlight the most significant and relevant landmarks of my educational background.
I received my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.Candidacy (C.Phil.) degrees from UCLA in Psycho-History. I then received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in Los Angeles (now called Alliant International University). I also received a Post-Doctoral Master's Degree in Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University.
Over the years, I became increasingly interested in health issues and the impact that healthy vs. unhealthy eating and other lifestyle factors such as exercise, relationship status, work fulfillment and one's connection to music, nature and animals have on one's health. The more I studied, the more I became disillusioned with the mechanistic, disease-oriented medical model which underlies and pervades most Western medical and psychological approaches. Those who practice approaches from the latter perspective often have no idea of how to define or even think about what actually constitutes health. I therefore, decided, after over thirty-five years of practice as a Clinical Psychologist, to pursue further formal training in a holistic, health-oriented and positive approach to working with the whole person. After much research into quality training programs, I found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's very impressive, one year, intensive training program and decided to enroll (March, 2012-March, 2013).
From 2012-2013, I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.
During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results
Over the years I have also taken intensive trainings and/or received Certifications in:
- How to Use Herbs and Nutrients for Mental Health
- CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
- Neo-Reichian Bioenergetics
- Holomovement Therapies
- Nature-Centered, Jungian, Active-Imagination
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing
- NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programing)
- TFT (Thought-Field Therapy
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and
- HBLU (Healing from the Body Level Up).
The compilation of these, as well as many continuing-education classes I have taken over my many years of practice ( a minimum of 50 hours every two years), enabled me over the year's, to work with and help people to resolve a wide variety of problems and issues, including:
- unresolved traumatic experiences
- anxiety, fear and panic issues
- depressed mood
- low self-esteem
- feelings of worthlessness, helplessness and hopelessness
- unresolved grief and loss
- negative body image
- food and weight issues (including uncontrollable cravings, sugar and other food addictions, compulsive overeating, fear of food and eating, binging and purging and loss of appetite)
- loss or lack of motivation
- sleep problems
- stress, related to health issues
- work and financial stress
- relationship and communication problems.
Learn the secrets of: how to have a healthy relationship; how to find ways to exercise that are fun and well- suited to you; how to find ways to regularly immerse yourself in the beauty of nature; and, how these practices will enhance your overall physical, emotional and spiritual health, and increase your chances for living a long, happy and fulfilling life.