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Welcome to my Private Practice!

I specialize in helping people find relief from depression, anxiety, and complex grief, as well as the effects of early traumatic loss, childhood neglect, abuse, and parental mental illness and addiction. I'll work collaboratively with you to help you experience your own innate tendency to heal and grow more resilient. 
If you're feeling distressed about your life or your relationship, you've already taken an important step in searching for a therapist. Some wise part of you knows that feeling safe, understood and supported can make all the difference.  
I welcome you to take the next step of reaching out to me.
Contact me to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation
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A safe space to connect, heal and grow 

Mindfulness Centered Psychotherapy

How I Work

I guide and support clients as they recover what might feel lost or latent, whether it's aliveness, authenticity, purpose, self-connection, and/or a more meaningful connection with others.


My approach is gentle, interactive, collaborative, and emphasizes empathy and self-acceptance as a foundation for genuine growth and change.

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My first priority is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can safely share the issues that have brought you to therapy. 


I listen carefully and non-judgmentally—not only to ideas and feelings — but also to the nuances of how clients relate to themselves and others.  My approach is designed to help you practice giving yourself this open and generous quality of attention as well.  


I often work with the here-and-now, noticing and tracking what is happening as we're engaging in conversation, while also exploring how early life experiences continue to affect you in the present.  


Slowing down and becoming present to your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and sensations, tends to bring relief.  And, it becomes easier to find freedom from the old stories you've been relying on to make sense of life.  

Over time, it's possible to let the old narrative go and make sense of your actual experience instead — and hear what it's telling you. In that way, our work together can help you find inner security that allows you to feel greater aliveness, agency, and sense of possibility.   

My Services & Areas of Expertise


  • Adult (17+) Individual and Couples Therapy
  • Weekly, 60-minute Sessions

Depending on your goals and individual style of learning, I may offer mindfulness and somatic practices to support you in managing intense emotions, feeling more comfortable in your body, and expanding your perspective in useful ways. 

These practices may include:

  • Compassionate/Non-Violent Communication for couples & family members (often referred to as NVC)

  • Grounding, Body Scan and Guided meditation

  • "Focusing," a method of tracking body sensations that can help reinforce the insights gained in therapy and increase its effectiveness.  

  • Self-compassion practices like RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture)

Areas of Expertise

  • Couples & family conflict

  • Grief, loss and chronic illness

  • Menopause, aging, and other life transitions

  • Developmental trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Communicating boundaries & self-assertion

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics 

  • Creative blocks


Please contact me with questions or to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation at 510-496-6001 or fill out the form below. I look forward to speaking with you.

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Thank you. I will be in touch with you soon.

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