SKILLS NOT PILLS
Clinical services are provided as a Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY22096), specializing in behavioral medicine and health psychology.
For over 20 years I have been helping people with chronic health conditions through use of biofeedback and behavioral health counseling. My current practice is located in Auburn, CA, and is focused on behavioral medicine treatments for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain; and on psychological consulting for personal growth and optimal performance. I also see physician referred patients for a wide range of medical conditions, including asthma, hypertension, and tinnitus.
Certified in biofeedback and applied psychophysiology since 1987, I am a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. My clinical biofeedback experience has focused on chronic health conditions, such as headache, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and depression. I also have biofeedback experience with peak performance, optimal functioning, and attention disorders using EEG biofeedback, or neurotherapy, a powerful and effective tool for improving focus and functioning.
Since 1988 I have taught at a variety of schools, including University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), JFK University, Samuel Merritt College, Laney College, and Saybrook Graduate School. My teaching expertise is research and statistical methods, psychophysiology, philosophy of science, and psychology of research. Currently I am on part-time faculty at Saybrook, working with a limited number of Ph.D. dissertation students. I have enjoyed teaching a range of courses at Saybrook, including Introductory Research Methods, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, and Case Study Methods in Psychology.
My current research interests involve questions around quality of life, personal growth, character development, and how they influence our experience of consciousness. For example, I am interested in how various physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis produce a transformation of consciousness; how changes in comportment can modify personality; how aspects of personality can facilitate or inhibit a transformation of consciousness; and the impact of mind-body treatments on persons with chronic pain, which I consider a crucible for the transformation of consciousness.
Education & Credentials
I am a licensed psychologist in California (PSY22096), and hold national certification in Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology (BCIA3105) with BCIA Senior Fellow status awarded in 2003.
My academic career and training have been described as eclectic, a consequence of my interests in consciousness and psychospiritual development topics that until recently were outside the academic mainstream. I completed my undergraduate degree at Penn State with majors in Psychology and Philosophy, minors in Mathematics and Physics, and my first graduate degree at JFK University at the time the only accredited graduate school in the United States to offer a degree in Consciousness Studies. Several years later, I completed doctoral studies at Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center. My dissertation, awarded with Distinction, was a longitudinal case-based study assessing physiological, psychological, and psychospiritual consequences of a transformative practice, Integral Transformative Practice, with a general model of how transformative practices produce lasting results.
B.Ph. - The Pennsylvania State University
Psychology/Philosophy and Mathematics/Physics
M.A. - John F. Kennedy University
Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies
Ph.D. - Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center
Psychology, Dissertation with Distinction
BCIAC3105 / BCIAC Senior Fellow
National Certification in Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology
CA Licensed Clinical Psychologist
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
American Psychological Association
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Association for Transpersonal Psychology
Biofeedback Society of California
International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine
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