About

I have been practicing as a therapist in San Francisco for the last 12 years supporting people in leading more meaningful and full lives. I focus on building a trusting connection with my clients based on a foundation of respect and collaboration. I am comfortable with a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety, to improving relationships and navigating life transitions. I provide individual therapy and couples counseling, with offices in the Inner Richmond and Financial District.

We all deserve support to find our way to a good life where we can be authentic, have meaningful relationships, and live in a way that is an expression of our true self. I am grateful to have found the support I needed to be able to step into my life and I am committed to supporting others in doing the same.

If you’re looking for a therapist who is genuine, who wants you have a good life and will challenge you from a place of respect and care, then I might be a good fit for you.

My approach to therapy

Engaged and nonjudgmental, my therapeutic style is grounded in clinical training and compassion. The type of therapy I practice combines psychodynamic and relational theories with somatic and mindfulness approaches. This method goes beyond talk therapy and I’ve found it is the most effective at creating change that is sustainable. It helps heal relational trauma so you can relate to others in new ways that are more satisfying and based in the present moment. It is effective with anxiety and depression, and with having embodied experiences of your “real” self as layers of inadequacy, negative thoughts, trauma, and limiting beliefs are worked through.

Training

I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a concentration in somatic psychotherapy.  I also have training in the following:

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and attachment theory
  • Trauma resolution and somatic psychotherapy with: the Hakomi Institute, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Bill Bowen, Babette Rothschild
  • Jungian psychology at the SF Jung Institute
  • Authentic movement
  • Ecopsychology and nature-based therapy with the School of Lost Borders and Earthways
  • Guided visualization at JFK University

For many years I’ve been studying nature-based therapy and am trained as a wilderness rites of passage guide. I offer an ecotherapy orientation to clients who feel connected with nature and want to use this more directly as a part of their therapy.

Contemplative practices and a connection with nature support me in the work I do as a therapist. These paths have taught me the importance of being present in order to experience the fullness of life. They have taught me how essential it is to find and track your own true nature in order to live a fulfilling life. Buddhist psychology and a long term meditation practice in particular have taught me about the power of compassion for self and others in transforming emotional patterns.

Education & license

I am licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 46970) in California. An MFT license with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences signifies 3,000 hours of supervised clinical internship and completion of state board exams, as well as ongoing additional training.

I am happy to speak with you if you have any questions about my approach or want to set up an initial consultation. Call (415) 820-3202 or use my online calendar to schedule a convenient time to talk.

 

 

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