How I Work
My approach emphasizes the importance of the unfolding client-therapist relationship, so it is fundamentally relational. It’s also psychodynamic in that I encourage clients to explore how they first learned about love and life, which leads us to how they experienced childhood circumstances and family relationships. I also incorporate approaches that have emerged from research in attachment, mindfulness and neuroscience.
I come from the perspective that we are more than our histories and the interpretations we have made of events in our lives. We can wake up to a clearer sense of how our early conditioning may continue to color our current experiences. With greater awareness, or mindfulness, we can recognize our old, habitual ways of perceiving and reacting, and begin to find new and resourceful ways of responding to life.
Unless a client prefers short-term psychotherapy, my work with clients is also depth-oriented. As Elaine Aron, PhD (author of The Highly Sensitive Person) captures so well, depth psychology helps you "honor the ignored, neglected, and even despised parts of yourself . . . This frees the energy used to repress (those parts), and more important, frees whatever was of value in what has been lost." Often, what propels us into therapy relates in some way to a vital aspect of ourselves that we've lost access to, or which hasn't received much support from our family and our culture.
Over the years, I have noticed that softening into a compassionate stance toward one's experience is frequently the biggest challenge involved in healing. So, my guiding principle is that sustainable growth and change depend on cultivating a tender and open-hearted relationship with yourself, just as you are at this point in your life.
By nature, I am flexible, collaborative, playful and creative. I bring in the elements of my training and experience that best fit who you are and what you seek from therapy.
Education and Experience:
Masters of Science, Counseling Psychology
Dominican University, San Rafael, CA; 2003
Lomi Psychotherapy Internship in somatic mindfulness psychotherapy (2003-2005)
Internship in Relational Therapy for Couples
Women’s Therapy Center, Albany, CA (2007-2008)
Non-Violent Communication Immersion Program
Bay NVC, Oakland, CA (2011)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression
5-Day Professional Training
UC San Diego, CA (Feb. 2013)
Couples Developmental Model Training , Level One
Couples Institute, Menlo Park, CA (2013 - 2014)
The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)
Therapeutic approach for treating developmental trauma
developed and taught by Larry Heller, PhD
Level One Training completed (Jan. 2016)