Hello and welcome!
I am a licensed therapist who has a passion for helping people who feel anxious and insecure to feel more calm and confident. I love helping people live in alignment with their true and authentic self, which tends to open the door to living with more happiness, love, meaning and satisfying relationships. In my work as a therapist I draw upon my many years of studies in psychology, meditation practice and spiritual inquiry to find a path towards healing that is tailored to where you are and where you want to be. Together, we will look at what has been blocking you from experiencing more healing, hope and fulfillment.
I am particularly passionate about helping people learn how to have greater self-acceptance, loosening the insidious grip of self-hate and self-judgment. I aim to help clients become more aware of the thoughts and lifelong beliefs that keep them stuck so they can eventually move into their fullest potential. By assisting clients to tap into their own deeper wisdom, my goal is to help guide them forward with greater clarity and a renewed sense of trust in themselves.
I know from my own journey and from helping many other people along the way, that the road can be very dark at times and sometimes we need a compassionate, caring person to help hold the light. Having had a personal history of many significant losses and extensive training in working with grief, I offer an exceptionally empathic and knowledgeable approach to working with the many aspects of grief and loss. It is a great honor to help people heal and I care deeply about helping clients experience greater contentment, joy, meaning and freedom from suffering in their lives.
Along with my extensive personal experience in psychoanalysis and my previous work as a behavior therapist, my current approach to therapy is based in psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and mindfulness-based theories. In addition, I may blend in the following practices when appropriate and if the client is interested:
Integrating or deepening a spiritual, mindfulness or meditation practice into daily life
Mindful self compassion and Radical Self-Acceptance (based on Kristin Neff & Tara Brach’s work)
Nature based approaches to healing, especially grief and loss experiences
Hakomi and other somatic based techniques, drawing upon the wisdom of the body to guide the healing process when talking doesn’t fully get to the root of the issues.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring in nature, reading psychology and spirituality books, hiking and yoga.
I have worked for over 10 years in the field of mental health in a variety of settings and I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Click here to read a little more about me and what fuels my passion to be a therapist.