You've got a lot going on.
You're a driven person who can handle a lot. But lately it's becoming too much; your relationship is going through a transition, your anxiety is increasing, or ways you used to cope aren't working anymore. Maybe you and your partner are experiencing higher levels of conflict or disconnect. Maybe you've experienced a loss or trauma and feel out of your element. Or maybe you feel unsatisfied with your life, despite having "everything" you want.
Whatever brings you to therapy, you've got an engaged partner in working through it. Congratulations on taking the first step.
I offer a 15-20 minute phone consultation free of charge.
My practice includes adults, couples, and families from all walks of life. All races, orientations, genders, and approaches to relationships are welcome and celebrated here. You are the expert of your own experience and I offer you my respect, empathy, and openness.
My approach is built on a foundation of feminist, anti-oppression values. I believe therapy is ineffective if the greater social context a person lives in is not examined critically; most of the time, doing so is empowering for all genders.
Over the last ten years I have sought additional training in trauma, with particular focus on working with survivors of sexual assault. I am trained in EMDR and have years of experience working with LGBTQ issues, chronic illness, and people living with and affected by HIV.
I love working with adults, couples, and families.
My job as your therapist is to help you find the right resources, both in your community and within yourself, to help you experience the challenges of life in a way that ultimately empowers you and builds your innate resilience.
As therapists go, I'm active and conversational. I'm not one to simply listen and nod. My style is direct and warm, and I love collaborating to help you get the results you're seeking. I'm curious, engaged, and enjoy exploring new ways of thinking and processing what's happening in your life. I'm open to feedback and delight in customizing your care.
No two therapists are the same, and no two clients are the same. I'm not going to give you the same exact care I'd give someone else, so my style differs from person to person based on what they need most. Generally, I'm active and engaged and draw from a wide variety of modalities. If you feel like you'd work well with a therapist who is conversational, direct, and warm, I would love to hear from you.
I'm trained in many different types of therapy, including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, narrative, and solution-focused. I incorporate mindfulness practices, feminist theory, somatics, and Gestalt, imaginal, and Hakomi techniques into my work as fits the client and topic.
When working with couples, I incorporate EFT, Imago, and Non-Violent Communication into our work.
I am trained in EMDR and am working towards certification. If you've experienced an upsetting event or trauma and feel like you can't get away from it, EMDR can help.
I earned a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California in 2012. Prior to that, I worked as a teacher and in crisis response for survivors of sexual assault.
For two years I worked at Novato Youth Center (now North Marin Community Services) as a therapist in their family therapy clinic, teen clinic, and as a school-based therapist in several middle schools. For a year and a half I was a staff therapist at The Spahr Center, serving Marin's LGBTQ and HIV+ populations.
Since October 2017 I am employed and supervised by New Perspectives Center for Counseling in San Francisco. I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF 111692, supervised by William Jones, MFT, MFC 39857.
My fee is $120 for a 50-minute session, with sliding scale opportunities based on your financial need and my scheduling availability. I accept cash, check, HSA, and credit card.
Research indicates that 80% of the effectiveness of therapy is created through collaboration and the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. During our first few sessions, we'll get to know each other, make sure we're a good fit, and decide on some goals for working together. After that, I check in regularly to make sure you feel heard and that we're working on issues that are important to you in ways that feel productive, safe, and make sense. I'm open to feedback and offer an environment of authenticity and transparency.
Adult Children of Mentally Ill Parents
Anxiety, Panic, Stress and Worry
Identity and Self-Actualization
Employed and supervised by New Perspectives Center for Counseling, Supervisor William Jones, MFT, MFC 39857.
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