I grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, attending public
schools.I graduated from Saint Mary's
College, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1968.I
began my worklife using my Government major by working on a Presidential
campaign, then coming to DC to work in the White House.After eight years in the government, I became
dissatisfied with my trajectory in life and enrolled in the Illinois School of
Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL.I graduated with a Psy.D. in 1982, with a specialty in families.I then did a two-year externship in the
Family Therapy Practice Center in DC.
I worked in agencies involved with children and families
before starting a private practice in 1983.In 1984 I began a specialty in trauma, with an equivalent number of
continuing education credits in that area to earn another graduate degree. In 1994, I began my training in EMDR Therapy. By 2002, I was an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant/Instructor.
I have been the
President of the DC Psychological Association and Secretary and founding Board
Member of the National Organization for Male Victimization (now
MaleSurvivor).I have taught workshops
and presented at conferences both nationally and regionally and have published
various articles in journals and books.