I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, where I strive to understand and bring into the therapeutic space the many facets of the individual. Within a talk therapy model, I engage techniques such as the exploration of movement, mindfulness, and expressive arts. My style is collaborative and direct, and I work carefully with clients to build a container of trust and safety. My practice includes work with adults, children, and families, and people of varying age, race, gender, and sexual orientation. People I work with often are struggling with life transitions, depression/anxiety, sexuality, trauma, feelings of fragmentation and disembodiment, and identity development.
My approach is grounded in both analytic and experiential practices. I assist clients in bringing awareness to their present experience. This includes work with thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and behaviors while exploring how these experiences connect to the latticework of their relationships, history, culture, memories, and to the world around them. This process of exploration and reflection can re-engage vitality, creativity, and one’s potential for growth and expansion. My practice is informed by psychodynamic theory, somatic (body-based) therapy, drama therapy, and trauma intervention.
I have experience working with children in group homes, schools, and mental health clinics. I work with children dealing with challenges related to Autism, parental separations or death of a loved one, and children dealing with everyday stresses of school, friends, family, and growing up. I am currently a second-year trainee at UCSF’s Infant-Parent program, which specializes in child-parent psychotherapy as well as preschool and daycare mental health consultation. I am trained in play therapy, Sand Tray, attachment theory, and trauma-informed practices.
I studied psychology at the University of San Francisco where, as an undergraduate, I assisted in research on human lie detection and deception. I received my Masters in counseling with an emphasis on somatic’s from the California Institute of Integral studies. Prior to joining Holos, I completed a traineeship at The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy.