"Becoming a psychiatrist at the Trauma Center in Boston under the direction of Bessel van der Kolk was the next right step for me. I was able to learn more about trauma while simultaneously continuing my quest of helping others heal. I was fortunate enough to meet Dick Schwartz at a conference and my career focus instantly came into full alignment. I was now able to integrate my knowledge of neuroscience and trauma treatment with Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.
I was the former chair and executive director of the Foundation for Self Leadership, an organization focusing on IFS research and the expansion of the IFS model beyond psychotherapy and authored the chapter “Who’s Taking What? Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, and Internal Family Systems for Trauma.” Never really thinking of myself as an author, I surprisingly felt drawn to coauthor the chapter “What IFS Brings to the Treatment of Trauma,” and the book Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual. My most recent book, Transcending Trauma is the culmination of my professional and personal journey to date. I am extremely proud of it!
I’m also lead trainer and consultant for the IFS Institute, an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), and maintain a private practice. I am passionate about teaching, enjoy providing therapy consultations and trauma informed IFS-related workshops throughout the world.
I currently feel compelled to bring the message of healing trauma to the larger world and invite you to join me on this very important mission."