I am a licensed psychologist with an independent practice in Portland,
Oregon. I specialize in integrating psychological
and spiritual growth and working with people of all religious and spiritual
beliefs (Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern). I provide psychotherapy, consultation, coaching, and spiritual direction. My own background
is Protestant, Catholic, and Zen Buddhist.
I received my Master's Degree from the California School of Professional
Psychology, Los Angeles, in 1977 and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
from the United States International University, San Diego, California
in 1980, and I am licensed in three States: Oregon (active), California (inactive), and Washington (inactive). I have had an interest in and studied Zen Buddhism
for many years, and I trained with Robert Aitken, Roshi, of the Honolulu
Diamond Sangha for the last six years before he retired.
WORK The focus of my clinical
work includes anxiety, depression, identity formation, self-esteem,
trauma, loss and grief, creativity, career development, religious, existential
and spiritual issues, and meditation. I work sometimes with just a focus
on psychological issues. But as therapy progresses, inevitably some
spiritual issues come up. Oftentimes, we talk about psychological and
religious/spiritual issues with two different people. It is helpful
to be able to address both areas with the same professional, and to
work with each issue that comes up in an integrated way. Whether
you are working on matters that contribute to anxiety or depression,
self-esteem, career development, creativity, or any of the other reasons
that you might be coming to therapy, we can address each issue from
both perspectives. My clients have very different religious and spiritual
perspectives. I work with them within the context that is their framework.
As a basis for my writing, I define spirituality according to the phrase
quoted of Yasatani Roshi, "The practice of Zen is the perfection of
character." Spirituality is not an interest in something, It is not
talking about or reading something. Spirituality is actually working
towards integrating values and beliefs into one's life. It is being
something. When interest, talking, and reading, moves into behavior,
begins to be integrated into behavior, that is when the real work begins.
I specialize in helping you with this process. I look forward to hearing
about the issues that concern you, and to integrating your psychological
and spiritual growth.