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  Pat has been a licensed therapist since 1995. Her passion and expertise are in doing Couples Counseling. She has done intensive training and consultation with The Couples Institute (www.couplesinstitute.com), including being a facilitating therapist at their weekend couples seminar.


Couples coming to Pat will learn to:

• Identify and break repetitive patterns

• Stay more soothed and calm during conflict

• Become more of the individual they aspire to be through the difficult challenges of marriage and life.


Pat’s original training was in Solution Focused Therapy – a form of therapy that looks to solutions rather than problems in the course of treatment. It is a kind of therapy that brings hope and possibilities rather than getting bogged down in dysfunction and ways of behaving that don’t work. Many like it for the way it brings rapid change.

Pat has had experience and training at all parts of the developmental spectrum. She did her undergraduate work at UC Davis in child development, worked with young children in a child-development center, and taught parent education classes for Fremont Unified School district for many years. This means she feels comfortable working with people of all ages. Since her own divorce in 1988, she has devoted herself to helping adults and children transition through divorce.

The local clergy often make referrals to Pat because of her Christian background and training. Christian counseling can be an essential adjunct for some people, and Pat is skilled at bringing Christian resources to therapy. Of course, no assumption is made about the desire to include Christian counseling in treatment.

Pat has a caring, comfortable style and way of asking thought provoking questions that bring about a new view and sets the course for change.

Hear what others have said about Pat’s work:

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• A clinical member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists since 1989

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1994 (MFC #32067)
M.S., Counseling, 1991 - California State University, Hayward
B.S., Human Development, 1977 - University of California, Davis
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