I support people at a crossroads who want to better understand their life decisions, relationships, and sense of self. Often people come for support to process issues stemming from their family of origins, or because they are in partnerships that leave them feeling less secure, or they struggle with a strong inner critic, fear of judgment or of failure. My approach is humanistic, relational psychodynamic, and trauma informed. I believe our current experiences are influenced by the contexts we have lived in throughout our lives, including our earliest childhood relationships with caretakers, our partnerships and peer relations, our communities, and larger systems that have influenced our lives. A significant part of my approach is about empathy—I believe that healing comes from feeling valued, understood and accepted even in parts of life that are most painful. My style is to provide a collaborative dialogue that will support you in exploring patterns of thinking and interacting, and also of trying out new ways of relating that support more self acceptance. I believe that each person has a treasure of inner wisdom and resilience which I strive to help them to tap into. In addition to working with individual adults, I have training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Seeing a couples therapist can help partners cultivate more intimacy in their relationship through dialogues that promote movement in communication, broaden perspectives, and draw forth more understanding and admiration. Through couples therapy, partners can learn to navigate through conflict in ways that preserve the love they have so carefully built. I affirm all constellations of consensual non-monogamy and people of all sexual orientations, genders, and cultures are welcome and affirmed in my practice.
MS in Counseling - San Francisco State University
BA in English - California State University, Los Angeles