I support people who want to better understand their life decisions, relationships, and sense of self. Some concerns that I can help with include issues stemming from family of origins that continue to impact present day relationships, relationship conflicts and communication challenges with partners, feelings of disconnection, loneliness, inner critic and issues of self worth, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and issues stemming from trauma. My approach to therapy is integrative. I draw from multiple theories and techniques depending on your needs. 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, so I support clients in exploring these interconnections. A significant part of my approach is also about empathy—I believe that healing comes from feeling understood and accepted even in parts of life that are most painful. Therapy is a collaborative process and a dialogue intended to support you in exploring your patterns of thinking and interacting, of developing awareness and understanding your feelings, 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 also work with couples drawing from 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, I support partners in navigating 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
Anthem East Bay
Beacon Health Options, Inc.