nuts and bolts
I hold a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. I am a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City where I studied acting under Sanford Meisner. I trained in Zen Buddhism under Peter Matthiessen and am a graduate of the two-year teacher training program at Asheville Insight Meditation where I also currently teach mindfulness meditation.
As a therapist, I worked for several years at Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment (BAART), an addiction treatment and research facility in south Los Angeles. Later, I worked in private practice in Beverly Hills.
blood and bones
The video to the right (or below) is a talk I gave on compassion at Creative Mornings, Asheville, hosted by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. If you are unfamiliar, Creative Mornings is an international breakfast lecture series. Think TED Talk for the creative sector.
In preparation for the talk, the organizers and I agreed that there was already so much in the popular culture about the psychological benefits of compassion and mindfulness meditation that, rather than talk theoretically about my work as a clinician and meditation teacher, it might be more beneficial (and interesting) if I simply spoke from the heart and shared a bit of my own story about finding my way home to compassion.
So that's what the video is all about.
I hope you enjoy it.