"The child's work is to gain the courage to go back to the frightening thoughts and images of the trauma and explore them in a safer environment when there is a better sense of control. The child must then gain the skills necessary to cope with what may be seen as a frightening world in which to grow up as a healthier adult." Karp & Butler, 1996


I have worked in the area of child abuse prevention and treatment since 1973 working in both West and East Coasts.

I am eternally grateful to Kathy Baxter, from the SF Child Abuse Council for facilitating the pursuit of my education. Kathy's husband, Dr.Tom Stern, encouraged me to pursue training as a mental health professional and served as an inspiration. I was extremely fortunate to receive training at the Redwood Center in Berkeley, California with mentors Dr. Karen Saeger and Dr. Robert Jay Green.

My mentors have been incredibly important to me, I still have their voices inside my head as reliable and steady guides.  It has been intrinsically rewarding to mentor others and to continue an active professional life as a consultant, supervisor, teacher, and trainer.  I highly value experiential learning in small settings and thus the creation and maintenance of Starbright Training Institute has been a labor of love.  In Starbright workshops I have met receptive and warm trainees, eager to help children and their families.

2013 brought some personal and professional changes for me.  I am thrilled to have a group of colleagues that are like-minded, and have a strong commitment to improving and enhancing their skill-sets to better help their clients.  I like having a family-like environment of health and stability with mature and seasoned professionals who recognize the importance of a supportive and nurturing work environment.  Our current staff is everything I ever hoped for and I feel blessed to be part of this awesome group!!  Check out my work family at www.gilinstitute.com

2014-2015  brings even more changes and transitions:  I will be relocating to Florida and will be cutting back on my clinical work and travel schedule, instead continuing mostly with supervision and consultation services as well as developing webinars.  In addition, I will continue as a partner with Gil Institute and will meet with them every week virtually.  Life is so different with the powers of technology!!  This change will allow me to focus my attnetions on my 96 year old mother and make sure she is comfortable and enjoys her later years.



Children's willingness to trust and trust again amazes me!  This reminds me of the process of photosynthesis in plants where they always turn towards the sun when it's available.  Children's resiliency is awe-inspiring.


This year I am proud to announce the birth of my FOURTH grand-child, Payton.  I can't wait to spend more time with them and to watch them grow.  They are a group of smart, healthy, athletic, creative, wonderful children.  I am called "Pica" to some of them and "Nama" to another.


Tennis provides me with a great balance in my life.  I have played tennis since I was 18 years old and I enjoy it thoroughly.  I am currently participating in an Arlington County team named Harry's Destroyers.  Our wonderful coach Harry died last year and the thrill of my life was winning our local league championship while we all felt Harry watched from above!!  The joy of sports holds a special place in my heart.


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