Born in Montreal, Canada to Hungarian immigrants, I spent my earliest years living in Sri Lanka before coming to the U.S. I grew up in the Midwest until my teenage years, when my family moved to Colorado where I studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I double-majored in Italian and Women’s Studies, studied and traveled for a year in Perugia, Italy and completed my graduate work in Social Work at California State University, Sacramento. I have been in private practice since 1998.
My story is about luck. Exceptionally. Good. Luck. The luck to be born to parents who had crushing childhoods, torn apart by a war, the Holocaust and a brutal communist regime that defined not only the 20th century but my family history. The luck to have parents who had the courage to run when it was time to go and to stay put when the staying was good. The extraordinarily good fortune to be separated by a mere generation from the atrocities of World War II, to be raised in a country where there is access to choices, opportunities and a right to protest injustice.
My life has always been informed by a relentless curiosity about the human spirit, how we are able to possess such resilience in the face of cruelty, unfairness, and unexplainable suffering. In short, how do we, as humans, keep finding resilience, hope, meaning, and purpose?
Growing into me
My graduate studies provided the foundation for me to explore and understand social injustice in great depth. However, my work as a therapist came to me not as a clear intention but as a calling. The meandering path, while not clearcut, was purposeful. In trusting my intuition, I found my place. I have always said, “The doors opened for me and I just had to walk through them.”
Being a psychotherapist has given me a front row seat in witnessing the full extent of our capacity to grow beyond our imaginations: our ability to thrive beyond trauma, find meaning in suffering, and connect in the wake of neglect. It is this uniquely human quality that inspires me and informs my work.
I have always loved the outdoors and the physical challenges it presents. Opportunities to explore and believe in something bigger than ourselves. Wonder and stark beauty. A bike, running shoes, a paddle board, a backpack, a swimsuit and a passport are my arsenal.