I am a licensed Psychotherapist. My approach to psychotherapy is warm, relational, collaborative & experiential. I provide therapy that can help you thrive after past trauma, develop deep trust in yourself and discover real self-love & acceptance. Psychotherapy can help you find peace from high anxiety and heal past relationship wounding so you can cultivate healthy and resilient relationships. Together, we create deep, creative & stable transformation. By embracing the totality of your experience, including strong emotions and parts of yourself that might be shut down or hidden away, you can move out of feeling “stuck,” anxious, depressed, vigilant or overwhelmed and feel a new sense of yourself. From this new sense you may find yourself making new life choices, deepening intimacy in your relationships, making career changes, feeling relief from past trauma and/or relating to past relationships differently.
I use a mindfulness & somatic (body-based) approach to compassionately support and guide you towards living your deepest, fullest expression of who you are. What I mean by a “mindfulness-based approach” is working with your present moment awareness, in the here and now to help you make sustainable and connected changes. Somatic (body-based) methods entail becoming aware of your bodily sensations and felt experience to help you discover a level of awareness in yourself that powerfully reveals and unlocks layers of emotional holding, deeper qualities of presence and real guidance and direction. This approach is very supportive for trauma recovery so you can find freedom from trauma triggers without going into overwhelm or high distress.
I specialize in non-traditional lifestyles and individuals who have felt like an “outsider.” If you have experienced marginalization trauma it is common to feel that you are in a bind between choosing to be your authentic self or choosing to belong, feel accepted and/or feel physically and/or emotionally safe. This bind can cause deep anxiety and stress. Perfectionism, vigilance, overworking, isolation, pleasing/controlling others and/or feeling disconnected from your essential value are just a few common ways we may experience the stress of marginalization. Therapy can help you know & experience your value, live authentically with dignity, voice your needs and boundaries & feel connected and empowered in your genuine self.
I see individual adults, creative professionals, physicians, therapists, adolescents (particularly LGBTQQAI and gender non-conforming and non-binary youth). I am trained in Somatic Psychology, which is a body focused approach that is highly effective for the treatment of trauma and anxiety and serves as a powerful channel for self-knowledge. I work relationally, which means I check in about how the therapeutic relationship is facilitating and creating new possibilities for you. I also honor and hold a transpersonal lens, which means I make room for the spiritual and archetypal dimension to support multiple levels of understanding. I also have a speciality in early psychosis treatment and work in the Early Psychosis Clinic at UCSF.
I welcome a wide range of concerns to my practice. Below please find issues I am particularly skilled at working with:
Relationship Issues, including non-traditional relationship styles such as non-monogamy & polyamory
I have received training and/or consultation in Somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP, CBT for psychosis, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing & Formative Psychology.