I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#88243). I received my M.A. in counseling psychology, with a somatic specialization, from John F. Kennedy University. I also have a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Stanford University.
In a previous career I worked as an attorney, and some of the cognitive skills that served me well in that profession have also proved useful in my work as a therapist, such as problem solving skills and an ability to understand and effectively communicate complex ideas. Equally important are my heart-centered skills and qualities, developed through a diverse range of life experiences and professional trainings, including empathy, compassion, a desire to help others, a deep curiosity about the human condition, and an absolute faith in the ability of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and to heal and grow.
Before I became a psychotherapist, I used to volunteer as a massage therapist, especially with hospice patients. In recent years I have developed a passion for improvisational dance and movement practices, including Contact Improvisation, Biodanza, and Authentic Movement.
I was born and grew up in Sweden, and moved to the U.S. in my late teens. I have lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years.