My work as a therapist is grounded in a commitment to social justice and an intersectional feminist therapy lens that involves naming power dynamics and working toward equity. I am emotionally engaged and completely present with you moment to moment. It is this quality of presence and attunement that I believe is the catalyst for deep healing.
I hold the therapeutic relationship as central to the work of therapy. I draw on personal life experience and over a decade and a half of professional, client-centered work with families, elderly and developmentally disabled adults prior to beginning work in this field in 2014. This experience supports me in forming trusting relationships that honor the individuality and uniqueness of each person and family system.
My approach is warm, compassion-focused, intuitive and client-centered. I employ psychodynamic, depth-oriented, transpersonal, somatic, relational and cognitive strategies in support of your therapeutic goals and needs. I bring into the therapy space the deer, for her gentleness and patience; the eagle for their clear and far-reaching vision; the bear for her fierce, maternal protectiveness and the orca for their emotional intelligence, empathy and interconnectedness. I also draw from the energies of the sacred feminine archetypes, particularly those associated with liminal or transitional spaces, underworld journeys, literal and metaphoric death, and regeneration/rebirth.
I hold a Masters of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #115158. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), GAYLESTA -The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and Bay Area Open Minds (BAOM), a psychotherapy association affirming relational, gender, and sexual diversity .