I began as an expressive arts therapist many years
I was interested in autistic children, none of whom had any
language because they did not receive early intervention in that era. I studied
movement, music, and art to learn how nonverbal pathways could create
relationship with children who could not use traditional verbal approaches.
After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley College in Massachusetts, I trained with Judith Kestenberg, MD, a psychoanalyst in New York who was interested in nonverbal aspects of parent/child
relationships and how parents' experiences affect the development of
their children. At her center, I learned about infants and toddlers and how to help children and parents navigate typical developmental challenges of childhood.
After returning to graduate school to study clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, I completed internships at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Infant Parent Program at the University of California, San Francisco, and McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Belmont, Massachusetts. Through these experiences I learned about the effects of medical and physical trauma, abuse, and neglect on children and parenting. I also learned about the importance of close clinical supervision which has informed my approach to reflective consultation. I studied neuropsychological assessment with adults at the San Francisco Veteran's Administration and child neuropsychology at McLean Hospital. I am very interested in how the mind makes sense of experiences that have wired the brain.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota and see parents and children in my private practice. My primary clinical focus is parenting and issues encountered by parents with complex histories. This may include depression, stress, adoption, foster care, trauma, abuse, or neglect.