MY approach

My approach as a therapist is down to earth, warm, genuine, and inclusive. My practice is rooted in a relational, psychodynamic approach to healing, meaning I give  attention and care to what is happening between us in the therapy room, what is conscious and what may be unconscious in your experience, and how the past might be influencing the present. To guide my work, I draw on varied schools of psychological and philosophical thought, and I integrate current scholarship from different theoretical schools including psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, neuroscience, and somatic, trauma-informed research.

I strive to be flexible, open and inclusive. I am actively engaged in anti-oppression work, both personally and professionally. I honor diversity, and accordingly welcome people from all walks of life. 

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My background in ecology – the study of how nature resiliently adapts and grows — informs my belief that authentic relationship to self and others is the foundation of health, satisfaction and success. I believe that change and growth happen naturally, when we honor and more fully inhabit who and where we are. 

I've studied the broad global issues of our time--- our relationship to each other and to our surrounding environments and ecologies, the world's economic systems and their attendant inequalities, and social justice movements throughout history. I find this larger systems perspective invaluable in my work as a therapist. I believe we are not separate from the world around us, and that the personal is political.  For me, therapy is a subtle yet powerful activism, a way to actively support the values of justice, inclusivity, diversity, creativity and compassion in the lives of my patients and in the communities to which they belong. 

I received my graduate-level training from:

The Psychotherapy Institute - Berkeley, CA - Two Year Post-Graduate Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

The Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street - San Francisco, CA - Practicum and Internship in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

California Institute of Integral Studies - Masters of the Arts in Counseling Psychology

University of Wisconsin - Madison - BS, BA, Life Sciences Communication and International Relations, Focus on Social Justice 

If you have questions for me or would like to set up an initial appointment, I welcome you to reach out. You can call me at 510.306.2207, or fill out the form on my contact page. 

I'm a member of the following professional organizations: