Art institute of Chicago (grammar and high school years—participated in Saturday classes)

Pomona College, Claremont, CA (first 3 years—classes in design and writing included)

University of Minnesota-BA degree (English and Philosophy majors)

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (masters in English)

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska (masters in Philosophy)

University of Santa Clara (masters in Psychology)

Certified in Gestalt Therapy

Certified in Psychosynthesis (Psychosynthesis was first formulated by the Italian psychiatrist Dr. Roberto Assagioli. It draws on a variety of disciplines, both psychological and spiritual. Thus Psychosynthesis focuses not only on the personal level, but also incorporates transpersonal or spiritual aspects as well. The Psychosynthesis practitioner uses many techniques. Just as each type of plant requires different conditions of light, soil and moisture to flourish, so people respond best to different methods.)

Certified in Hypnosis (I had two years of extra study with Dr. Freda Morris and three years with Dr. Lorna Cutler, learning to delve into both the lower and higher unconscious and bring back wonderful images and insights.)

Certified in ESL (English as a Second Language)

Certified in Cross Cultural Communication

Certified in creative coaching with The Creative Coaching Association

Careers and Jobs


Taught science at Wayland High School in Wayland, Mass for one year

Three years of research for the Institute of Advanced Studies in World Religions

Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist in California for over 30 years.

Teacher at Golden Gate Language School in Campbell, CA for 5 years, teaching English to students that came from all over the world. (mostly from Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, eastern European countries and South American countries.)


Published Works


A study of Collingwood’s theory of art

I’m currently working on a book on creativity, using a Psychosynthesis approach

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Value of
therapist background
and experience
for coaching creativity
and relationship issues
for creative people

I’ve been a licensed therapist for over thirty years. As a therapist, I’ve learned many techniques and approaches to overcome the common and usual problems creative people often face: relationship issues, anxiety, depression, procrastination , fear of failure and fear of success.

For those people interested in deeper work, we can tap into the unconscious (both the lower unconscious and the higher unconscious) through using some of the techniques and exercises garnered from Psychosynthesis. For example, we can utilize dreams, symbols, guided fantasies, and a whole bunch of other useful techniques developed in Psychosynthesis.

Besides being certified in Psychosynthesis, I am also certified as an art therapist, Gestalt therapist, and a hypnotherapist. There’s a gold mine there for us to use for becoming more creative and overcoming any obstacles that might exist.

I’ve taught writing at Golden Gate Language School for over five years, working with people from many other countries. In addition, I am certified in cross cultural communication. As long as my client and I can use English as our language for communication, we can work well together. I love working with people from many different countries and many different cultures.


“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow.” – The Dalai Lama