I am a San Francisco based therapist working downtown. I specialize in individual psychotherapy with people struggling relationally and couples counseling. The best way to sum up my style and personality is that I am down-to-earth, heart-felt, and easy to talk to. I am also an active therapist as opposed just a sounding board.
Before getting licensed as a therapist, I had a successful high-tech career but left after feeling called to more. For the last nine years, I have shared thousands of therapy hours sitting with people motivated to take risks and dig deep to get unstuck from some painful patterns. The courage my clients exhibit inspires me daily. I am also a wife and mother to two sons. My years of training as a therapist, my continued personal growth training, my courageous clients, navigating family life and navigating corporate America have greatly influenced my work as a therapist.
The theories that inform how I work have four things in common:
- They are depth oriented – meaning going beyond the mind and beyond just the symptoms but exploring the root causes of discomfort and changing what can be changed and having kindness and understanding for what can’t.
- They are relational – meaning that the relationship between me and the client or between the client and their partner (in the case of couples work) becomes the canvas upon which all previous attachment styles play out – conscious and unconscious. We are wired to attach early in life and changing early out dated wiring requires practice.
- They are presence focused – we can talk about our experience or we can have our experience and being present with what arises without judgement allows us to experience more of ourselves with humor and compassion and ultimately feel a greater sense of ease and alivness.
- They are body-centered – our nervous system drives automatic reactions to life and relationships and all of our psychological patterns are deeply held in the body. Active experimentation and body awareness is another vehicle for changing old stuck patterns. Changing your body changes your psyche.
*If my style does not sound like a match for you, call me anyway, and tell me the kind of person you want to work with and I can help match you with one of my skilled and diverse colleagues.
I have a Masters in Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) (completed in 2005) with research and focus on Trauma. I am a former Therapist Trainee at Integral Counseling Center at Church Street in San Francisco with a heavily Gestalt and Body Centered Orientation.
- Harm Reduction Approach for Working with Substance Users with Cynthia Hoffman, April/May 2013
- Couples Therapy Teleclass on Sustaining Intimacy with Esther Perel and Terry Real, Weekly, Feb/Mar 2013
- Day Long with Terry Real and Richard Schwartz, Couples Therapy With Two Masters, Jan 2013
- The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (Advanced Training) Monthly with Ellyn Bader, Currently Ongoing
- Personal Psychotherapy, Currently Ongoing
- Relational and Psychoanalytic Consultation Group rooted in Tavistock Infant Observation and the Relational Unconscious, April 2011 to December 2012, Weekly with Jan Messer
- Sexual Intelligence Consultation, July 2012, Marty Klein
- How A Therapist’s Attachment Style Shapes the Therapy 2012, Day Long with David Wallin
- Couples Conference 2012, Miltion Erikson Institute
- Shame and the Body, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Weekend Workshop, Janina Fisher,2011
- AEDP Introduction, Weekend Workshop, 2011
- Intern, Nicole Livingston, One Year
- Intern, San Francisco Psychotherapy Associates, Five Years, Michael Griffith
- The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience in Couples Therapy, Year-Long Training, Ellyn Bader
- Couples Conference 2008, Weekend Training, Milton Erickson Institute
- EMDR Level I and II, Laurel Parnell
- Therapist Trainee at the Integral Counseling Center on Church Street rooted in Gestalt Therapy, Yearlong Training with Lucanna Grey
- Somatic Experiencing, Weekend Workshop, Peter Levine
- Organizational Development and Leadership, Weeklong Training BCON USA