In 1997 I earned my Master's in Social Work at Smith College and a B.A. in Critical Gender Studies and Psychology from UC San Diego in 1994. I became a licensed therapist (LICSW #1032212) in Massachusetts from 1999-2010 and have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#23663) in California since 2006. I have had a private practice running since 1999 while also working in various mental health agencies and hospitals at different points in my life, giving me a wide range of clinical experience. I have been a Gender Specialist since 2002, beginning my work in the transgender community in 1999. I have been a WPATH GEI SOC7 Certified Member/Mentor since 2018. I am a 2022 consultation group leader for the LGBTQ+ Clinical Academy in Santa Clara Country (CA).
At Smith College School for Social Work I was a Clinical Asst Professor from 2010-2011 and a Part Time Lecturer in the Continuing Ed Summer Seminars (2007 & 2012). At JFK University I taught their continuing education course on Advanced Clinical Work with Transgender Clients Spring 2014-2016. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment (EMDR) since 1998.
Since 1998 I have been providing high quality presentations and workshops for therapists, social workers, community organizations and conferences. I have presented at various graduate schools, intern and post doctoral programs including: Smith College School for Social Work, UC Berkeley, JFK University, The Wright Institute, CIIS, Sanville Institute, UMass Amherst, Kaiser Permanente, Springfield College and Southern Connecticut State University. I have lectured at various conferences including the National Transgender Health Summit, Gender Spectrum, Gender Odyssey, True Colors and Queer Families=Healthy Families, among others. In 2007 I created a three day conference focused on bringing together therapists and experts in the field of transgender healthcare in New England.
The workshops and trainings I lead typically focused on helping therapists understand how to become trans affirming providers. At this point I am focusing on my psychotherapy practice and consultation work and am not taking on outside commitments.