About Sindy

My intention in creating Enhanced Learning and Growth Center is to provide a safe place of acceptance and healing. Each of us holds the keys to our own empowerment, yet sometimes it is difficult to access them or to know precisely how we want to use them. Sometimes we need assistance. At the Center, whether it be with my HANDLE work, counseling or consulting, I seek to be your partner in unearthing the blocks to you living a productive, peaceful and uplifting life. Together we become detectives – sorting out the meanings and messages behind the  difficulties and holistic gentle ways to address them. I do my best to be sensitive to individual needs and with respectful and supportive care, be creative in meeting those needs. Frequently using humor and enthusiasm, I create a safe and pleasant environment in which to learn and grow. Read what people have to say about working with me.

I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio;  a Masters of Education with a Specialization in Reading from UCLA and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. I hold a Clear California teaching credential and have taught elementary through high school students. I have also taught undergraduate courses at John F. Kennedy University now located in Pleasant Hill, California.

In addition to maintaining a private practice as a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFC28816) for 19 years, I have facilitated workshops for children and adults throughout the U.S. and in England. I have also co-authored a book entitled Making the Best of Me, a manual for middle school students aimed at enhancing self-esteem. This is used pervasively by the EduCare Foundation in inner city schools, juvenile halls and other environs.

I have been involved with HANDLE since 2001, first as the parent of a client, then as a trainee and intern. In May of 2003 I became a Certified HANDLE Practitioner. In addition to seeing my own clients I am a Certified Supervisor for HANDLE Interns, Certified HANDLE Instructor, and a consultant for The HANDLE Institute.

My eldest daughter, whose learning challenges led me to HANDLE, and whose incredible shifts as a result of her HANDLE work led me to pursue training to become a HANDLE Practitioner, goes to college in Northern California. I live in Lafayette, CA with my teenage daughter. I love to read, dance, take long walks in nature, spend time with my family and friends, and be by the beach whenever possible.