I received a Master’s in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in 1984. I spent the first five years of my professional career at Family & Children’s Services of Greater St. Louis. While at F&CS I was exposed to a wide range of clinical problems from a diverse client population. During that time I received extensive training in couples counseling to augment my graduate school specialization in that area.
I was one of the founders of the first mental health agency in the country created in response to the AIDS epidemic. Delta Mental Health Institute was a private not for profit that during its five years in operation provided psychotherapy in St. Louis and Diversity Training in St. Louis and served the needs of the HIV/AIDS community, the LGBT community, and male survivors. During that time, I became a founding member of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization, and offered workshops throughout the United States for male survivor therapists. I designed the first course taught in St. Louis to address the mental health needs of those living with HIV at both Washington University and St. Louis University.
I have received intensive training in working with survivors of sexual abuse. I have attended a five-day residential Dismantling Racism Institute here in St Louis and went on to co-design a seven-day residential institute in diversity awareness for high school students. For five years, I co-directed one of the summer Institutes. I am a graduate of the two year advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy program at the St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. I have completed a four-year training program also at the St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and am a practicing psychoanalyst. I have taught graduate and adult learning course in areas of Sexuality, Diversity, Metapsychology & Social Justice at Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri - St. Louis, and the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.