Welcome to my website.  I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, California. I call my work Personal Alchemy. Alchemy is a process of change. One dictionary definition is “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination”.

My background is in counseling psychology, which I blend with various spiritual principles and processes to promote change. In my practice of relationship therapies, I offer couples and marriage counseling as well as individual consultation, as the most important relationship we will ever have is the one self.

People arrive at more door with a variety of issues and concerns, most of which can be successfully addressed in a therapeutic setting. Some of these concerns include:

Relationship dissatisfaction
Parenting concerns
Feeling depressed and sad
Feeling heartbroken
Worry and anxiety
Guilt
Stress
Jealousy
Loss of a loved one
Feeling stuck

No matter what your life circumstance, you have the potential to move beyond it. I work from the premise that, our natural state is one of peace, joy and wellbeing. In my practice we focus on uncovering this inherent state while focusing on self-esteem and authenticity. The practice of psychotherapy can assist in healing the mental and emotional bodies and I believe the practice is not complete without attention to the spiritual body as well. They are inseparable. We ARE spiritual beings in human bodies managing our human emotions and situations.

I invite you to take this personal journey to overcome whatever worry, pain or concern you have in your life, and discover the truth of who you really are. This is Personal Alchemy.

Last night, as I was sleeping I dreamt - marvelous error! - that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.

Antonio Machado