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.