Get to Know Me
Style & Philosophy
I believe there are three therapeutic pillars that drive a person’s movement towards healing. First is connection. Time and time again, research has shown that the client-therapist relationship is the most powerful element for success. How will you know if we are making a good connection? My aim is for you to leave our sessions feeling seen and heard in the entirety of your humanness (good vibes, bad vibes, and everything in between). This leads to the second pillar: authenticity. As a psychologist, I strive to show up authentically in order to best support you in stepping into your most authentic self. Authenticity allows for safety, which in turn allows for deeper exploration and a fuller understanding of your past and present experiences. Last, but not least, is language. Language is the vessel that brings all of our internal experiences to life. The words we use to speak to ourselves and others can either help or hinder us. Together in session we will work to increase awareness of the language given to you that may be having a negative impact. Then, with gentle guidance, uncover the language that encourages your authentic voice and translates smoothly into your daily life.
I have experience working with a wide range of presenting difficulties across a variety of settings. Over the years my work has included:
Providing individual therapy to middle- and high school-aged students in a small public school in East Oakland, providing individual and group therapy to adolescents in a drug and alcohol outpatient program in San Mateo County, providing individual therapy and psychological assessment to adolescents and adults in a community mental health clinic, providing individual therapy to adolescent and adult women in a private practice setting, providing individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults in a group practice, leading the mental health team at a charter school in San Francisco by providing individual therapy to students, supervision to practicum students and interns, didactic training, and consultation to school staff and administration.
Education & Training
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Oregon and my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I have received specialized training in providing trauma-informed care, and an additional certification in working with victims and survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence.