I am a woman in recovery; I am 33 years free from alcohol and prescription drugs. I grew up in a family of addiction, and my former husband left the 30 year marriage for another woman.
Have been a Christian since February 1971, and my faith has grown and my relationship with the God of my understanding has deepened into a sustaining faith.
Both my personal and professional journey inform my work with those in recovery and as a "wounded healer" I find great satisfaction in helping others along their road.
I have been a licensed Marriage and Famiy Therapsit (LMFT) in the State of California since 1997. I am also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Certified Addiction Specialist (drugs, alcohol and sex). I have been teaching, training and supervising therapists who wish to learn about addiction treatment. I have spoken at numerous venues around the Bay Area and beyond.
In 2004 I founded the Addiction Recovery Center in San Jose CA, where we offered a 2-year intensive outpatient program for sex addicts, partners and couples.
I earned my masters degree at the Biblical Seminary in Fresno CA and my doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena CA. My dissertation was on Codependency.
I created a workshop on how to apply the Serenity Prayer to one's life, and a workbook for those who cannot attend a workshop.
I also created a DVD set for those who wish to learn about the nature and treatment of sex addiction.
And, most importantly I am blessed by the company of a Cockapoo named Penny.