People often ask, how did you end up a therapist? Usually, I respond with a smile, followed by a personal disclosure that my own healing experience in therapy inspired me. It is also true that I am a therapist because I believe sharing our felt experiences with a skilled, caring and trusted other transforms how we live, love and work.
I earned my graduate degree in Counseling Psychology in 2012 from the University of San Francisco.
This was followed by two intensive post-graduate training programs in both individual and group psychotherapy from The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI) in Berkeley. I currently serve as a member of the TPI board, where I am also a group facilitator of a white anti-racist study group for mental health clinicians.
Over the course of my career as a psychotherapist, I have held clinical positions in hospice, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers, foster care agencies and community mental health clinics. Today, I maintain my psychotherapy practice in Oakland, where I serve a diverse population of individuals, couples, and families.
In addition to my private practice, I work as an organizational consultant. This work allows me to bring my extensive psychological training into the world of corporations, non-profits and groups. I am deeply fulfilled by the profoundly growthful process of developing strategies for creating healthier ways of working within these larger systems.
My current clinical and research interests include maternal mental health, masculinity studies, whiteness, attachment theory and psychoanalysis. When not in the office I most often find myself taking long walks, spending time with loved one's and dancing.