In 1982, I joined the San Diego Police Department as a Clinical Psychologist.
In 1985, I moved to Colorado and became the Director of Mental Health in a prison. Several years later, I was invited to move to Aspen and opened Roaring Fork Mental Health and Training Institute.
I traveled all over Colorado as a subject matter expert in trauma, training law enforcement agencies and presenting to the legal community.
In 1993, I switched to the education side of trauma and worked for the Arizona Supreme Court as a judicial educator, training judges and attorneys.
I also taught at the Southwest Center for Naturopathic Medicine in Scottsdale as a trauma expert, preparing medical students for community service.
This educational journey taught me a lot about how our mainstream service systems were not designed to work with the whole individual, but were limited to legal, psychological or medical issues.
I know that trauma is a multi-faceted, multi-layered issue, requiring a wholistic approach, including how we function as spiritual beings.
I left the Supreme Court in 1995, returned to Colorado and opened a private practice in Boulder. I became deeply integrated into Boulder’s spiritually-oriented, Buddhist-inspired community, where my trauma work took on a more meaningful, engaged, and hopeful quality.