I was the oldest of five children, and my family moved frequently due to my father's profession. I was born in Hawaii and lived in different parts of the United States, from the Deep South to New England to Utah to California, as well as in Germany and Italy.
Both of my parents were from working class families and grew up in the Great Depression of the 1930s. As the oldest girl in a big family, I had a lot of responsibilities for household chores and caring for my younger siblings. There was no time or opportunity for any music or art lessons, nor for sports teams or riding lessons. Yet I was always lively and very curious. My mother read to me even before I was old enough to talk. She nurtured a love of learning in me, and she had great confidence in my abilities. When my father had work in Europe, she took her children there and traveled with us, visiting cultural sites and museums. I loved Italy: the many textures of life, food, art, history, and the expressiveness of people. In that time of less anxiety for the safety of children, I was free to explore on my own in Naples, Rome, and Barcelona, visiting shops and churches.
I lived most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I deeply appreciated its multicultural and socially progressive values. I often traveled to explore life in other cultures and to visit art museums, attend concerts and opera, and to visit friends who lived abroad.
My husband and I lived in a traditional Japanese house, a "minka," which was built for us by a Zen priest who spent years studying with traditional builders in Japan. Our home was perched on a mountainside, in a redwood forest, with a view of the Pacific Ocean. It was a magical and deeply serene place to live.
In 2010, we moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where my husband, who is a Vipassana teacher, is the Buddhist Affiliate for Oberlin College. We found a new home that we love in the historic section of Oberlin. I began a private practice in Oberlin and later joined the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, where I am an active member.
After attending five high schools, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from Wellesley College, where I studied Psychology and Philosophy, as well as neuroscience at MIT.
I studied physiological psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving my Ph.D. in 1975. I then did postdoctoral work and taught at Stanford University. I published my research in the Journal of Experimental Biology (Cambridge), The Journal of Neuorphysiology, and Brain Research.
After careful consideration, I concluded that I wanted to work with people rather than study neuronal circuits, as fascinating as that was. I completed a year of intensive coursework at the Doctor of Mental Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley and two years of psychoanalytically-oriented clinical training at Mt. Zion Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Service, the Ann Martin's Children Center in Piedmont, and the Infant-Parent Program at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and San Francisco General Hospital. I was licensed as a Psychologist in 1985 and began my private practice in that year.
In 1997, I completed seven years of analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and was certified as a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). When IAAP certification as a Child and Adolescent Analyst became available, I earned this certification based upon my extensive training and experience working with children and an oral examination.
I have been in private practice as a Licensed Psychologist since 1985, first in the San Francisco Bay Area, and since 2010 in Oberlin, Ohio. I am a certified Jungian psychoanalyst and sandplay therapist.
At this time, I have a small private practice, and I am not accepting new patients. My focus is on the training of other therapists and analysts-in-training, teaching, writing, and serving as Editor and Publisher of Analytical Psychology Press.