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Education

Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology), California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
M.A., Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Santa Clara University

License/Certifications 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. #MFC15997)
Certified Gottman Therapist (Certification #83) and Consultant
Certified Gottman Couples Workshop Leader
Certified Gottman Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Trainer
National Certified Master Addiction Counselor - (MAC)
Advanced Drug and Alcohol Training Certificate, California State University, Santa Cruz Extension

Professional Experience

Private Practice since 1980, Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy, specializing in working with couples and in addictions treatment, Gottman Referral Relationship Clinic Therapist

Former Clinical Director of Sequoia Center (Formally Sequoia Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center)

Adjunct Instructor at: Santa Clara University; Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA; J.F.K. University, Campbell, CA; St. Patrick's Seminary and University

Former Associate of Addictions Institute (Directed by Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.)

Workshops & Presentations

Trainer for Gottman Institute presenting Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Workshops 

Presenter for the Art & Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples

Ongoing workshops at Santa Clara University, Professional Development Department; Mental Research Institute; and various locations upon request presenting on addiction treatment, couples therapy, couples workshops, and on Gottman Method Training

Present regularly at Gottman Institute sponsored conferences and workshops on a relational approach in alcoholism recovery, based on research and writing collaboration with Dr. John Gottman

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, 63rd Annual Conference, "Relational Therapy in Alcoholism Treatment", Kansas City, Missouri

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, 61st Annual Conference, "Advances in Treating Couples in Long-Term Couple Recovery", Long Beach, CA

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 39th Annual Conference, "Treating Couples in Long-Term Recovery From Alcoholism", San Jose, CA

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Conference (2009), "Got Gottman? The Nuts and Bolts of Gottman Therapy", presenting with Nina Grueneberger, LCSW 

Research Experience


Senior Research Fellow, Mental Research Institute (MRI), Palo Alto, CA

Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Center for Couples in Recovery, at MRI

Facilitated the Recovery Forum, a multidisciplinary "think tank", dedicated to advancing addiction recovery research, treatment, education, and training

Research Scientist with the Gottman Institute, Directed by Dr. John Gottman