We have all heard the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

Sometimes life gives you barracudas and that lemonade thing just doesn’t work.


Areas of Expertise

Couples & Marriage Counseling

Premarital Counseling


Bipolar Disorder



Problems of Adolescence & Young Adulthood


Grief & Loss

Occupational & Work Issues

Whether it’s lemonade or barracudas, we’ve all got to figure out how to find our way through life’s challenges so we can also savor life’s gifts.

I think true mental health is the ability to move back and forth between fighting the barracudas (or finding a way to coexist with or even befriend them) and savoring the pleasures and all the other opportunities life offers us as well.

No doubt about itthese are difficult times. Whether or not the economic recession hit you personally, you most likely know and care about others who were, and perhaps still are, affected. Depression and anxiety are epidemic. Most of us use all of our energy each day to cope with life’s challenges, leaving little or no reservoir from which to draw. It is easy to feel downright overwhelmed sometimes . . . or even all the time.

On the other hand, as Mary Oliver reminds us, just being alive is an incredible gift. We each have a body and brain, vast emotional capacity, and our spirit. And we live on this beautiful planet filled with miracles happening all around us every day.

I am ready to meet you wherever you are, at this moment, on this continuum from suffering to joy. I love working with all kinds of people of all ages and I am not afraid of difficult situations or longstanding complicated problems. Whatever is troubling you will be considered with confidentiality, respect, and compassion.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver