Post-doctoral Internship – UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services
Pre-doctoral Internship – UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services
PhD in Counseling Psychology – University of Southern California
BA in Psychology – Stanford University
Depression, Anxiety, Attachment and relationship issues, Adjustment difficulties and life transitions, Infertility, Emotional distress during pregnancy and postpartum, Binge eating and body image
My goal as a therapist is to develop a safe and respectful relationship with my clients. This can serve as a secure base from which distressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns can be explored, understood, and changed.My style is active and direct, compassionate and attuned, and authentic and humorous (even irreverent). I focus on seeing the whole person in front of me – the multiple identities and systemic forces that influence their struggles.I balance empathy with challenge – listening closely and asking many questions to make sure I understand the issues at hand, then gently pushing clients to confront obstacles to change and accept certain realities. I motivate my clients to do work outside of session, so that they can practice and master the strategies we discuss.
I integrate theories and interventions from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. I allow the current needs of my clients to guide the tools I choose to help them, while attending to the influence of their past experiences on how they see themselves, relate to others, and cope with stress. I also use what I have learned as a parent to support clients in identifying, tolerating, and regulating their emotions.
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