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.
Combined, I have twelve 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.
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 studies, attachment theory and psychoanalysis. When not in the office I most often find myself taking long walks in nature, spending time with loved ones and dancing.