About Me

I received my doctoral degree (Ed.D) from Texas Tech University in December 1981. I also have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from St. Louis University. Since then I've taught graduate-level classes in Psychology and Counseling for 7 years; served as a Psychologist in both university counseling centers and community mental health centers for over 16 years; and been a Clinical Supervisor and Program Director for various organizations around the country. I have over 30 years experience in the field. I have special interests in Art Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management (for first responders), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Abuse Survivors, Inner Child Work, and Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy.


Licensed Psychologist:
  • Arizona, 1057 issued 12/9/83
  • Nevada, PY0428 issued 3/7/02 (inactive as of 12/31/12)
  • Michigan, 6301008688 issued 8/9/93
  • Indiana, 20040200A issued 5/15/87


  • International Society for Critical Incident Stress Management
  • American Psychotherapy Association (Fellow & Diplomate)

I moved to Yuma at the end of summer, 2009 and briefly worked at MCAS, Branch Clinic. I opened my private practice here in Yuma in the summer of 2010. I read voraciously. My sense of humor is always in evidence.  I was married for 19 years to a wonderful man, who died August, 2021; so I'm now a widow, and adjusting to this new lifestyle -- a lonely one.  

Also, I'm a cancer survivor.  Initially diagnosed 4-28-2016 with colon cancer. The year of 2017 was very difficult; with 3 major surgeries. The physical pain for most of the year was hideous, and I was on morphine for most of it.  At least the last surgery (over Christmas, 2017) has stopped the pain and I was able to stop the morphine over the next week.  I have a permanent colostomy.  The photo below is of my 5' teddy bear on the radiation table at my last treatment.

I thank the Creator for my healing! And Dr. Mishra at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

I currently have 2 rescued dogs.  Baby (also called Peanut) is a long-legged Chihuahua and Molly is a blue heeler.  They are getting older now.  I tried getting a cat after my husband died, but I discovered I developed an allergy to cats and had some bad asthma attacks after I got a rescue kitty.  I was able to find a good home for him, thank goodness.  

Part of my collection of Kachinas:


I also have a hobby of collecting funny photos of animals, and frequently send along a couple of pictures with my emails.  I also collect stuffed animals.  No, I don't see children as clients; they are MY toys!