About

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT 32191), professional clinical counselor (LPCC 766) and credentialed school counselor. Most of my adult life has been dedicated to helping families, children and adults evolve into the healthy and whole beings they are born to be. I have worked in public schools, agencies, and private practice settings integrating a diversity of therapies including depth psychotherapy, family systems, and expressive arts therapy. Currently, I am a candidate in the analytic training program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.

Soon after I obtained my MFT license in 1994, I followed an instinctual knowing that mental health is dependent on healthy environments, and thus set out on a quest to integrate these two realms. Consequently, my love for wild nature, combined with an interest in philosophy, and a fascination for the inner life of dreams, led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Since 2008, I have been honored to teach at Pacifica Graduate Institute, currently in the Somatics Studies and Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Specializations.

In 1998, my journey led me to the School of Lost Borders, first as a participant, and eventually as staff, guide, and trainer. My involvement with Lost Borders has been the centerpiece of my life’s work, allowing me to immerse myself in the study and practice of wilderness rites of passage, a model that I feel is essential to promoting wholeness both individually, environmentally, and culturally.

From 2001-2012, I was a full-time professor of counseling at California State University, Los Angeles where I taught graduate students in marriage and family therapy and school counseling. I loved teaching among such a diverse and inspiring faculty and student body. In 2012, I left Los Angeles to relocate to the Sierra Nevada Foothills where I live under many oaks and pines, with my husband, Joe Coppin.

Multiculturalism and environmental & social justice have always been at the forefront of my personal philosophy.  I am committed to creating a therapeutic space that welcomes, supports and empowers anyone no matter their race, cultural background, religious preference, physical ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.