As a psychotherapist, I am committed to helping you reach your most fulfilling life. My style is warm, collaborative and genuine. I draw from relational, psychodynamic, and developmental theories, with an emphasis on social justice and trauma-informed care.
Together, we will identify your goals, build upon your strengths, and explore the feelings, beliefs and obstacles that hold you back. Using both reflective exploration and pragmatic problem-solving, I help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the tools to make the changes you desire.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Reed College and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University. I have specialized training in infant- and child-parent psychotherapy from the UCSF Infant-Parent Program and in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley.
Throughout my career, I have worked with two distinct, though often overlapping, populations: young children and their parents, and adults healing from various kinds of trauma and looking to build more meaningful, joyful lives.
I have been working with young children and their families for more than 10 years in a variety of capacities. My clinical experience specializes in the first 5 years of life and includes providing play therapy, social skills groups, child-parent psychotherapy, and preschool-based mental health consultation. I also provide short-term parent consultations and workshops.
I have provided therapy to adults and adolescents in a number of settings, including the Women's Therapy Center in Berkeley and San Francisco State University’s Psychology Clinic. In addition to my psychotherapy training, I have a background working in community mental health, social service non-profits and progressive organizing. I conducted community-based research about eating disorders among women who identify as LGBTQ, working-class and/or as women of color. I also worked with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, with a particular focus on transformative justice and building supportive resources for LGBTQ and POC survivors.
In all of my work, I seek to include individuals' cultures and social contexts for a deeper understanding of their experience in relationship to themselves, to others and to their world.