NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
I currently do not take insurance, but I do provide documentation for you to send to your insurance company.
I PRACTICE IN
AND WORK WITH
ON THESE ISSUES
Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Spirituality
Anxiety, Bereavement, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Existential Crisis, Grief, Infertility, Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Social Anxiety, Spirituality, Trauma
My approach is Psychodynamic, meaning I utilize tools from all therapeutic approaches, but believe that our past experiences/ relationships inform our current issues/struggles, if we uncover the root cause of the issue we can find the cure.
APPROACH & MORE ABOUT ME
I am glad that you are pursuing counseling for you or a loved one. Therapy can be an investment in your emotional health, your relationships and can help you move from a place where you feel like you're barely surviving life to a place where you are thriving and loving life.
Everyone has struggles, pain, difficulties or challenging issues in life. Nobody is perfect, so nobody deals with those things perfectly. Therapy is a place where you can talk about your life struggles with someone who is educated, experienced and trained to effectively explore them with you. Through the counseling process you will come to know yourself more completely, and become better able to determine and live in the values and beliefs which help you make life decisions. A therapist is your companion and guide on that journey of self-discovery and healing.
Sometimes life struggles seem small enough that we feel like we should just be able to get over it and don't know how. Other times we feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of our problems and don't know where to start or how to recover. If you feel like you're at a loss for what to do, feel like you need some assistance dealing with challenges, need encouragement on your healing journey, or if you could use support while trying to implement life changes, perhaps therapy is a good place for you.
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
Over ten years ago I opened my private practice and have seen a variety of clientele here. Prior to my own practice I worked at many different schools and agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area gaining experience with many different populations.
A previous career in ministry which included helping people with life and faith struggles is what propelled me to enter the field of counseling as a career.
Therapists generally work under certain theories that frame how to identify and treat certain disorders, struggles or problem areas for clients. I work primarily from a Psychodynamic orientation. Some issues require different approaches and I am comfortable with and use other orientations to augment my work.
A Psychodynamic approach views our past relationships and experiences as significantly impacting the person we are today. This also means those things can contribute to our current struggles/issues. My approach is to help you figure out what from your past might be affecting the present, so you can change unhealthy habits or ways of relating to others. Consulting with a professional therapist can give you the tools to move beyond survival to a place where you're thriving.
Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Broadcast Journalism, San Francisco State University
MAIN THERAPY TYPES
Developmental Psychology, EMDR, Psychodynamic Therapy