My practice includes adults 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.
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.
My approach is built on a foundation of feminist, anti-oppression beliefs. 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.
"Experience isn’t what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” - Aldous Huxley
While we are powerless to control many conditions and events that befall us, we have a capacity for resiliency that therapy can amplify by providing the right tools and support. 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.
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, somatic experiencing, Non-Violent Communication, and Gestalt, imaginal, and Hakomi techniques into my work as fits the client and topic.
I am trained in EMDR and am working towards certification.
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, and credit card.
I do not take insurance, but will happily provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
I offer a 15-20 minute phone consultation free of charge.
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.
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.
Issues I Work With
Adult Children of Mentally Ill Parents
Anxiety, Panic, Stress and Worry
Identity and Self-Actualization
Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Psy Chi International Honor Society for Excellence in Academic Psychology
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Marin and San Francisco Chapters of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
New Perspectives Center for Counseling
5026 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94118, United States