Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [The Gottman Method], Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My work is guided by a strengths-based approach, operating with the understanding that people are capable of initiating positive changes in their lives given the right environment and support. While the course of therapy depends on many variables, I am committed to working with care, efficiency, and an intensity that can help reduce or alleviate symptoms in as short a time as possible. I believe change and healing comes from a combination of insight and action that happens in the context of trust, safety, choice, compassion, and connection. My mission as a therapist is to meet you where you are, build trust and act as a guide in pursuit of your goals.
I'm an integrative therapist, which means that I draw from several different psychotherapy orientations. My work is informed by modalities including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), Hakomi (a mind-body approach), Gestalt and mindfulness practices. I tailor sessions to the particular needs and goals of each individual. This flexible approach helps reveal the dynamics that are unique to your situation which may be creating obstacles to living your best life. Together, we identify these obstacles, assess their impact and resolve them directly.
Clients describe living with more confidence, joy, courage, and authenticity as they let go of limiting beliefs and behaviors, and integrate the benefits from our sessions back into their daily lives. I can help you reduce anxiety, stress and the effects of grief and trauma as well as support you through a life transition to find greater meaning, purpose and passion in your life. Whether you want to heal from past experiences, develop tools to prosper or reach a specific goal, we work collaboratively.
MS - Counseling Psychology, Dominican University of California
Internship - Grief Counselor, Hospice of Petaluma
Internship - Counseling Services, Dominican University of California
I am a big fan of storytelling and art in most forms; music (seeing live, learning guitar and djembe), comedy, theater, and art (viewing or making). I'm inspired by the abundance and variety of the landscape in bay area which feeds my soul. I love moving my body in nature by hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and camping. I'm drawn to urban hiking as well and delight in discovering the gems of this area. Most of all, I find joy by connecting with my family and friends over the simple things in my day-to-day life.
I have been lucky to have many special dogs and cats in my life. My last dog, Jake, was a rescue dog (who BTW came with that name). He was one of those once-in-a-lifetime dogs who had a joyful spirit and an extraordinary intuition for helping humans. His herding instinct was always "on" and he loved keeping family or friends together whether on trails or out for a walk. He loved when we were all together!
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