I am a licensed Psychotherapist and my approach to psychotherapy is warm, relational, collaborative & experiential. I support you to deeply connect to your aliveness and fullest expression of your being. I believe in your capacity to thrive, develop deep trust in yourself and discover self-love & acceptance. 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 and/or feeling relief from past trauma.
I use a mindfulness & somatic (body-based) approach to compassionately guide you towards connecting to what feels “right” in you. What I mean by a “mindfulness-based approach” is working with your present moment awareness, in the here and now to help you track and integrate sustainable and connected changes. Somatic (body-based) methods entail becoming aware of your bodily sensations and felt experience to help you reveal and unlock layers of emotional holding, grow and expand your emotional resiliency and find the guidance and direction you are looking for. This experiential approach is effective 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” and/or have experienced marginalization trauma. If you have felt marginalized it is common to feel you are in a bind between choosing to be your authentic self or choosing to belong or even feel physically or emotionally safe. This bind can cause deep anxiety and stress. Perfectionism, vigilance, overworking, isolation, pleasing/controlling others and feeling disconnected are just a few common struggles that can result from marginalization and trauma. Therapy can help you find relief from overwhelming fear and shame, know & experience your power and value, live authentically with dignity, voice your needs and boundaries & feel connected to your genuine feelings and 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 make room for multiple levels of understanding and support. 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 & practices 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.