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 and stories with a skilled, caring and trusted other can transform how we live, love and work.
Combined, I have thirteen years of education and clinical experience in the field of psychology. I came into the field when I was 19-years-old during undergrad and have been committed to relational healing work ever since.
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 have completed a Postpartum Doula certification through Cornerstone and am now in the process of becoming a certified Pre and Perinatal Childbirth Educator/Coach through Myrna Martin's professional training program.
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.
My current clinical and research interests include maternal mental health, masculinity studies, whiteness studies, attachment theory and psychoanalysis. When not in the office I most often find myself writing, in nature, spending time with loved ones and dancing.