The more I know, the more convinced I am that a life is a work of art, a beautiful and intimate creation of a person in a world.

Individual and Couple Therapy
in Tacoma and Seattle

Tacoma Office near Proctor District

35th & N. Cheyenne St

Ample Free Parking

Tacoma Detailed Directions


Seattle Office on Greenlake

Greenlake Wellness Group

7900 East Green Lake Drive North, Suite 202

Free Convenient Parking

Greenlake Office Detailed Directions


(253) 304-1411

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Therapy is my fourth career. I began as a classical musician with a doctorate in orchestral conducting; then I worked at a think tank focused on regional sustainability issues based in Seattle; and then I wrote a book on violence and social change. Laced through all of this has been a meditation practice in the Zen style that, at one point, waxed into a period of intensive monastic training at a Zen monastery in New England.

All of these directions share in common a fascination with the human condition. My work as a psychotherapist represents the full flowering of all this life experience. It comes out of a deep and radical understanding of the human condition that has shaped my understanding of how healing can occur within the therapeutic relationship. And this understanding is supported by reams of research done over the last seven decades into the outcomes of therapy. (See my blog for musings about all of this.)

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington and hold a Master of Psychology, Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University, Seattle. I also hold degrees from Yale (BA), Binghamton University (Master of Music), and University of Washington (Doctor of Musical Arts). I have been in private practice since 2012 and worked at Sound Mental Health as a therapist from 2011-2013.

I completed all the formal trainings offered in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) from 2012-2014, including a four-day training with Dr. Sue Johnson. I also hold certification in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) with The International Focusing Institute. In addition, I am a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and serve as Past President of the Pierce County Counselors Association.

I am very pleased that my life partner and colleague, Ann Gugger, LMFTA, offers individual, couple, and family therapy out of the same Tacoma office.