At this point, my professional life is dedicated to working with clients, consulting with colleagues and other professionals, and continuing my education and training along with maintaining the business aspects of my practice.
Prior to this time of focus, between 2008 and 2014, in addition to my private practice, I was the founder and director of a state-wide non-profit counseling agency that provided affordable counseling to the public while training pre-licensed clinicians for their careers as therapists. This included advocacy for diversity and equal opportunity employment in our field, which before our model and our efforts was rare to non-existent.
From 2005 into 2008, before becoming consumed with the responsibilities of the non-profit, I was an adjunct professor for the graduate psychology departments at the Wright institute in Berkeley and JFK University in Pleasant Hill and Campbell, California. I also provided professional trainings for government and community agencies as well as hospitals in the Bay Area and beyond.
I was asked to provide this education and training because of a specialization I had developed in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of intimate partner abuse. From 2001 (my first placement) through 2006 (when I got licensed), I held a certification in the treatment of people who behave abusively in their relationships. For those six years, I ran groups for people who were abused and abusive in their intimate relationships.
My supervisor at the domestic violence agency and her mentor were both mentors to me, providing a solid clinical foundation that continues to inform how I work.