San Francisco and Oakland Office
AUTHENTICITY, ALIVENESS, and CONNECTION are vital ingredients to living a fulfilling and meaningful life. Unfortunately, life events can overwhelm us and we can get stuck in repetitive patterns that diminish our ability to live with confidence, creativity, and spontaneity. This can result in feeling: anxious, depressed, numb, conflicted, and indecisive. Therapy provides a unique opportunity to understand what holds you back from living fully and to find your own authentic and effective responses to whatever life brings your way. I work with adults, couples, families, and adolescents. My integrative approach integrates multiple modalities, which can be described as relational, experiential, somatic (body-mind), mindfulness, psychodynamic, and trauma informed. This blend seeks to utilize many tools to address all parts of you, rather than singling out your thoughts. Often we can know where we stumble and why we stumble in life but can’t seem to enact something new and different. That is why I believe in a holistic approach that incorporates all parts of you. I also believe it is important to understand the contexts in which we come from as research shows they impact how we view ourselves and the world in the present. I hold therapy is a collaborative and responsive process in which we work together to address whatever needs arise in the moment.
My work is informed by current research in attachment theory and neuroscience. Researchers tell us that the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is one of the biggest markers for effective change in therapy. The past few decades of neuroscience and attachment research also tells us that our brains literally develop through relationships with others. Our brains and nervous system has the ability to change, to grow, and heal through healthy relationships with others. There is a saying in the therapy world, “it is in relationships where we are wounded, but it is also in relationship where we heal,” and that has been both my clinical and personal experience. By building new and healthy experiences of relationships, which values choice, safety, compassion, and empathy it offers us a reparative experience that can literally rewire our brains in new healthy ways. Together we can identify and unlearn old patterns and stubborn cycles and create new, authentic, and connective ways of living.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY:
My own personal and familial experiences have compelled me to do this work and my passion for continues to grow. I have worked in the healing arts industry for over a decade working in many roles and settings. I was a massage therapist for over nine years helping clients tune into their bodies and rehabilitate from chronic pain and acute injuries. I have worked as an educator supporting massage students learn therapeutic techniques and sciences. I spent time working as a wilderness therapist with adolescents. I have also worked in treatment centers focusing on helping patients ween off of prescription medication and street drugs. All of my diverse experiences provide me with a wide scope of practice and inform my therapeutic approach.
When I am not working, I like to hike, surf, travel and spend time with my dog and wonderful partner.