Acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Integrative behavioral couple therapy (IBCT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I strive for my clients to feel heard, understood, validated and supported as we collaboratively navigate your challenges. Both what and how you communicate to me are incredibly important, and my goal is to build on that in our work to make the changes you wish to see in your life. I prioritize understanding my clients’ individual needs, preferences, and motivations, expressly stated or not, and tailor my evidence-based practices with those considerations in mind.
In my bones, I am a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, which simply means I a) prioritize the viewpoint of looking at ourselves and others through the interactions between our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations, and b) believe that focusing on our thoughts and behaviors allows for the most meaningful change in a time-limited way (in months, not years). I build on this foundation with third-wave cognitive-behavioral treatments like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which also consider our feelings and values in a more equitable way and utilizes mindfulness to do so. I also have a background in family systems and integrative behavioral couple therapy and thus also incorporate relationship dynamics into conceptualizing the fuller picture of your life.
BA - Human Biology, Stanford University
PhD - Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship - VA Puget Sound, American Lake
APA Accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship - Stanford University School of Medicine (Behavioral Sleep Medicine)
Specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
As long as I can remember, I've wanted to be in a helping profession. Throughout my schooling, my personal and professional interest in the intersection of physical and mental health/wellness solidified my drive toward clinical psychology. The ability to utilize evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches on top of some of my inherent skills/disposition makes it hard for me to imagine any other career I would find as fulfilling.
Sports (especially football), exercise that's fun, traveling, eating, and exploring delicious food.
Dedicated playtime with my toddler; a few minutes of meditation or just deep breathing usually multiple times through the day
Zeni Ethiopian in west San Jose - delicious food and family-owned and -operated.
Racial justice and equality