Driven by a grounding in medicine, I combine interpersonal neurobiology with modern relational therapy to help my patients toward resilience and integration.


My Background


Drawing on the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, I teach people to understand their inner lives with more clarity, as well as how to enhance their relationships with others. This work, with practice, actually changes the physical structure of our brains, allowing us to see the internal workings of our own minds and to get off the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses.


This is what Mandy said, not sure if you want this section: I have the patience and fortitude to work with people who may be experiencing excruciating emotional pain  because of my commitment to “walk the talk”. Having experienced and thoroughly processed trauma and loss myself, I’m fueled by my trust and belief in the power of healing relationships.


I am deeply grateful and endlessly energized by the wisdom of my gifted teachers.  Their perspectives are embedded in the way I think and work, resonating in my very being, and hopefully evident in the pages presented here.


After completing my Masters degree in Social Work, I trained for a year at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy in 1992-1993.  In 2006 I began consulting in an ongoing way with Pat DeYoung PhD, a founder of that Institute, and author of Relational Psychotherapy, A Primer, and  Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame:  A Relational/Neurobiological Approach. I continue to consult with Pat DeYoung on a regular basis and the experience of this relationship and the learning within it sustains a rich, reliable practice foundation in me that is central to all of my work.


From 2009 through 2011 I delved deeply into the world of attachment theory and its applications to psychotherapy.  After reading Attachment in Psychotherapy, by David Wallin, I participated in workshops and a group clinical consultation process with the author. Integrating attachment theory at a visceral level was incredibly hard and deep work which has proved invaluable in extending my capacity for attuned connection with people who present with the full range of attachment styles.


From 2010 to present I have been immersed in the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology. Two amazing individuals with whom I have been studying are Daniel Siegel, MD, and Bonnie Badenoch, PhD. Dan Siegel is a New York Times best selling author with titles including Brainstorm, No-Drama Discipline, The Whole Brain Child, Mindsight, The Mindful Therapist, and many other incredible books on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). In addition to studying several of Dan Siegel’s books and CD’s, I completed the foundation year of courses with him through his Mindsight Institute, and recently attended the Siegel – Gottman Summit integrating IPNB and Gottman Method couples work in July 2014.

From 2013 – Nov 2015 I participated in group consultation and one on one work with Bonnie Badenoch.  In Nov 2015 I completed her Advanced Application Year long intensive in Interpersonal Neurobiology, which attracted participants from across the United States, Canada and South America.  Bonnie is an author whose writings exude a depth of wisdom and understanding so incisive, heartfelt and profound that I am routinely compelled to revisit and reflect upon her words. She offers explanation for the complex dimensions within us, including managing states, protective/defensive states, and deeply vulnerable potentially dissociated states as parts of the ‘whole’ we know as the relational embodied self. Bonnie’s nurturing presence is always evident in her words as she insists that our own integrative development as therapists is paramount to our capacity to be present and attune with our clients. Her titles include Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook.

In November 2015 I joined the Schore Seattle Seminars, in which Dr. Allan Schore lectures on Shame and Relational trauma.


In 2014 I participated in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program taught by Dr. Stephane Tréyvaud. Dr.Treyvaud is a Swiss Psychiatrist with an inspiring 40 years of meditation practice, who integrates the wisdom of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Yoga into his teaching of meditation practices.