Originally from England where I worked for several years in television and
documentary film production at the BBC, I came to live in the San Francisco Bay
Area 20 years ago. I completed all my undergraduate and graduate studies here
Inspired by my own experience of coming to live in the US, my doctoral
dissertation focused on examining how people adjust to coming to live in a new
culture. I help expatriates and their spouses through the adjustment process to
increase their ability to cope with the stresses of adapting to cultural differences.
In addition to my private practice I also work part time in Psychiatry at Kaiser
Permanente, San Francisco. Prior to opening my private practice and working at
Kaiser, I trained for four years at Family Service Agency where I counseled
children, adolescents, adults and couples. I also conducted TeenScreen at many
of the Marin public high schools and at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School
in San Francisco. TeenScreen is a computerized screening tool used to assess
teenagers for mental health. This tool enables clinicians to identify students who
have emotional and psychological issues and assists students to find the help
they need for mental wellbeing.
I also worked for 2 years at The International High School in San Francisco as a
school counselor intern for a diverse body of students providing drop-in
counseling, half hour therapy sessions and conjoint meetings with students’
parents. I worked closely with the school faculty to outreach to students who
were in need of emotional support.
I hold a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and spent my internship
with the college counseling team at The Bay School of San Francisco.