Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I have worked with a variety of clients dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and other life challenges, primarily in community mental health with marginalized and underserved communities. I see people seeking support for many difficulties, including imposter syndrome, self-esteem, boundaries, communication skills, and more. Reducing self-judgment and increasing curiosity about yourself will help you to make better decisions that are aligned with your core values. This will ultimately unhook you from negative thoughts or worries so you are more fully available for all the important things in your life.
My Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach focuses primarily on clarifying and centering your deepest values. These values become guiding forces in learning to manage the discomforts that come with the inevitable challenges of living a life full of meaning and purpose. I also approach mental health from a multi-cultural, social justice orientation.
PsyD - Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute
I originally planned to continue studying, eventually completing a graduate degree and working in academia. After volunteering at a free clinic as a counselor, I realized my passion for community mental health in marginalized communities. I believe individual mental wellness has a ripple effect that extends out.
I enjoy spending with my family and friends, especially my wife and son. I like to play various instruments (especially the ukulele and hand drums), cook, watch movies, and watch history, nature, and science documentaries.
My favorite organization is the Berkeley Free Clinic in Berkeley, CA. It is one of the only remaining free clinics that emerged out of the civil rights movement that continues to be entirely free for everyone and is run entirely by volunteers. It is a model to me of what a not-for-profit healthcare system could look like and it inspired me to devote my career to mental health and community work.
I have had so many pets since childhood (I used to want to be a zoologist or vet). These have included snakes, lizards, turtles, newts, frogs, birds, rats, dogs, and cats. My favorite pet story is when I transitioned my indoor/outdoor cat to being entirely indoor. She became very social, yet still longed for the outdoors. I decided to train her to go on walks with me and this was very successful (and very entertaining for others and me).
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