Bio note

I’ve been a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist for over 30 years. My mission is to help people create lasting emotionally and spiritually fulfilling marriages, whether they are currently single or married, and other more satisfying relationships. 

Other areas I can help with include transitions, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, other addictions, bipolar disorders, co-parenting challenges, divorce, grief, adoption, creativity, and stage-of-life issues.  

The social work profession does not focus on pathology (what’s wrong with someone) but notes and builds on people’s strengths. As the saying goes, “You don’t chase away the darkness with a stick.” I offer new ways to understand your issues and tools and techniques to deal with them effectively.  

My Jewish heritage and learning inform my work as a therapist and author. Chassidic philosophy emphasizes using the light within us to counter and overcome our challenges.  Bringing light is part of any good therapy.

While I love working with couples, individuals, and families face-to-face, I realize I can help many more people by writing books.  My two published ones are listed below; a yet-to-be-titled memoir is on its way.  

Available Books

In Marriage Minded: An A to Z Dating Guide for Lasting Love (She Writes Press, 2021)I tell women (and men too) how to overcome obstacles to dating, date constructively, commit wisely, and create a lasting, fulfilling marriage

Marriage Minded covers over 100 topics, literally arranged in an A to Z format, such as Attitude, Expectations, Hookups, Kindness, Money, and Sex.

In Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted (New World Library, 2014), I explain how to conduct a Marriage Meeting step by step. The book also includes guidelines for holding these gentle conversations, three chapters that describe positive communication skills for couples and others in detail.

Examples throughout Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love illustrate how to put my recommendations into practice. According to follow-up studies of couples who continue to hold them after attending one of my workshops, marriage meetings increase romance, intimacy, teamwork, and smoother resolution of issues.

Keeping Relationships Thriving

I believe in a loving, supportive marriage that fosters both partners’ spiritual and emotional growth and vitality. I have been happily married for over 33 years, not by chance, but because we’ve learned to keep our relationship thriving while experiencing life’s ups and downs.

My approach to therapy is compassionate, collaborative, and holistic. I listen with a trained ear and respond to each person’s unique situation. My resume shows the depth and breadth of my professional and experience. My training includes cognitive-behavioral, process, systems theory, and psychoanalytic methods.

For more information, you can call me at 415-491-4801.

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