I've been a police and public safety psychologist for thirty-plus years, before I had any gray hair. My work with first responders has taken me to four countries and twenty-two states. I've won several awards and this year I'm honored to receive the California Psychological Association's 2014 award for distinguished contribution to psychology
I no longer have a private practice. Instead, I spend my time writing, teaching, and volunteering as a clinician at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat for first responders (see the links page). You can read about my books by clicking on a title in the right hand column. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know was my first book and, to date, it has sold more than 100,000 copies. I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know came next, prompted by the tragic events of September 11th. Following that I wrote Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, third in the "need to know" series, with Mark Kamena and Joel Fay, both of whom are retired cops. Burying Ben, my first-ever mystery featuring police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, received first prize for the not-yet-in-print novel from the Public Safety Writers Association. Writing fiction is a new skill for me. I used to think that making things up would be easier than writing non-fiction. What a delusion! Creating a story that captures the reader's attention from page one is a tricky business.
On a more personal note, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, who is a photographer (he took the photos for all my books) and retired remodeling contractor. In my spare time I travel, cook, take water aerobics classes (aka women wiggling in water), and plunk away on my ukelele.
I don't blog very often and I don't twitter. At least, not yet. But I do post regularly on Facebook (see the link on the top left). I love hearing from readers and, if you're so inclined, I love seeing your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook.
I wish everyone a safe, peaceful and happy holiday season. Don't forget to shop for gifts and books at your local indie bookstore.
Have Couch Will Travel: Introducing A New Workshop
Dr. Joel Fay (www.joelfay.com) and I have a new day long workshop. We call if Behind the Badge: Strengthening Your Law Enforcement Family. Our aim is to provide a program that looks at the concerns, responsibilities and ideas for change that both spouses and officers can use. We use some quick interactive tools that couples start at the program and finish together when they get home. We’re not doing therapy, obviously, but we do want to provide the basis for further couple discussion. Our presentation is fast-paced, laced with videos, some funny, some serious, to illustrate the points we’re making. We use a lot of humor and aim for a positive, strength-based approach, instead of the pathological approach that is too dreary for words and doesn’t sell well with cops or their families. (Can’t blame them).
We received a great review of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. It reads like a novel. Read more by clicking on the page title "Counseling Cops" to your right.
My books are available in print or as e-books. Click on a title for more information, reviews, and links to your favorite vendors.