“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” (Kurt Cobain)

Sara-AlexanderI was born in 1947 and raised in suburban Detroit. I earned a BFA in Painting at Rhode Island School of Design and spent 10 years as a visual artist in Europe and the US. While living in Paris I discovered psychotherapy (and a whole new understanding of reality) through a French friend’s descriptions of his Lacanian psychoanalysis. I moved to California to study Psychotherapy at the interface of Eastern spiritual thought and Western psychological thinking, earning a Master’s Degree in Holistic Psychology at Antioch West University SF in 1983. My master’s thesis was Think Thin: Becoming a Normal Eater.

Having lived in France and Italy, and having grown up during the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution and the Feminist movement, I developed a passionate interest in how both families and cultural contexts shape our self concepts, our lives and our relationships. I have brought these perspectives to my work since I began treating clients as a student in 1980. I have been fully licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986 (MFT 22719).

I have continued to learn from formal postgraduate study, from living my life and from working with clients. A great deal of my formal training has been in couples’ therapy.