I discovered psychotherapy as my lifework based on a pivotal moment in my own personal therapy experience. During a challenging time, I remember the awe and empowerment I felt when I realized that I could step back and simply notice the flow of my experience, with openness and curiosity about “what is,” without judgment or agenda, and without being caught up or identified with it. “I am not my struggle.” The liberation of that realization allowed me to find new dignity alongside the struggle, and to understand that, paradoxically, acceptance of the struggle precedes the change. I knew then that I wanted to help others reconnect with their dignity and empowerment during challenging times and to be part of the process of renewed hope and change.
I’ve been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2000 and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I’ve enjoyed working with children, teens, adults, couples, parents, families, and groups representing a wide range of diversity. I’ve worked in community clinics, schools, and in private practice.
Continued growth, both personally and professionally, is a high priority for me, through regular and ongoing consultation, continuing education, training, and self-reflection.
I bring to my work humility, respect, and a genuine interest in the uniqueness of each client. My style is down to earth, non-pathologizing, and interactive, with healthy doses of humor. I appreciate you as multi-dimensional–feeling, thinking, physical, spiritual, and social.
I’m a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and a member of the East Bay Chapter of CAMFT (EBCAMFT).