about me

I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been a therapist for 30 years and a meditator for over 40 years. My work as a therapist and meditation teacher has been shaped by a variety of forces and experiences…

My parents, both screenwriters, were blacklisted during the McCarthy era and lived outside the country for many years. As a result, I was born in Mexico and spent my early years in Mexico and Italy. In my twenties, I worked in documentary film and television before deciding to become a clinical social worker. My education includes an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. In addition to maintaining a private therapy practice, I spent five years as clinical director of a treatment facility for adolescents and another five working with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, helping to develop linkages between public systems and community-based partnerships.

Underlying all circumstances of work and life has been my experience with meditation. I was fortunate enough to learn to meditate at 19, and it has provided my compass setting ever since. I spent 18 years practicing a form of Buddhist meditation and have spent another 22 practicing the blend of Buddhism and Taoism that I now teach. It has served as my own road Home, and it is a privilege to teach it to others.