I grew up on a farm, the youngest of five children. In 1972 I earned my BA from Mills College in Northern California where I concentrated in Dramatic Arts and Psychology. I went on to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. For the next 35 years I supported myself as an actor. When I was in my mid forties, I experienced a kind of awakening. Within a period of two years, I gave birth to my daughter, sat with my father as he died, my marriage fell apart, and my career as an actor began to fade. The ground beneath me was no longer solid. None of the meanings I had assigned to my life made sense anymore. I became deeply depressed. I had a small child. I was a single mother. I could not afford to go down. I began intensive therapy and I found a teacher -- a Tibetan Buddhist teacher -- and began what has grown into a 20-year consistent, daily meditation practice. I have found that therapy and mindfulness practice have kept me balanced, and as I have grown older, have helped me to accept life more and more as it comes.
At sixty I went back to school earning my MA from Antioch LA. I was by far the oldest student in the school, older than most of my teachers. Starting over was not easy, but it was exhilarating to return to psychology and to find that this was where I belonged.
My life as an actor and the knowledge I gained there about the human experience, my own journey through talk therapy and analysis, my experience as a parent and co-parent with my daughter’s father, and my mindfulness practice have influenced and enriched my work as a therapist.