In 1987, I began working in the mental health field, using creative and performing arts with adults in substance abuse recovery. I received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University in 1991 and was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1993 (MFC31225). Today, I work in private practice, as well as holding a part time position at Hospice of Petaluma as the Counseling Services Supervisor.
Over the years, my professional development has been through both traditional and non-traditional education. I was first exposed to Jungian dream work in my teens, opening the doorway to a lifelong interest in the unconscious, creativity and the place where psychology and spirituality meet. Today, I am deepening my studies in this arena by training to be a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Other past studies have included a specialization in child therapy, the study of cross-cultural shamanism, couple’s dynamics and the use of art, movement and dance in personal transformation.
I work with adults and teens in both short term and long term therapy. My style is to be actively engaged, emotionally accessible and authentic, rather than taking on the stereotype of the “neutral therapist”.
I also lead various workshops in the Bay Area, including couple’s retreats, which I co-facilitate with my husband, Jim Matto-Shepard, PhD.
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