Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Psychodynamic, Relational
My goal as a therapist is to develop a safe and respectful relationship with my clients. This can serve as a secure base from which distressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns can be explored, understood, and changed.
My style is active and direct, compassionate and attuned, and authentic and humorous (even irreverent). I focus on seeing the whole person in front of me – the multiple identities and systemic forces that influence their struggles.
I balance empathy with challenge – listening closely and asking many questions to make sure I understand the issues at hand, then gently pushing clients to confront obstacles to change and to accept certain realities. I motivate my clients to do work outside of session, so that they can practice and master the strategies we discuss.
BA - Psychology, Stanford University
PhD - Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California
Pre-doctoral Internship – UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services
Post-doctoral Internship – UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services
Running, listening to the Grateful Dead, spending time with my child
I became a psychologist for two primary reasons: my deep empathy for human suffering and my genuine curiosity about people’s inner worlds. I see myself as a collaborator, a witness, and a student of the human experience. I am so grateful to be a psychotherapist, and humbled by the trust invested in me by those who choose to work with me.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl because it’s important to be reminded of the capacity of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable suffering.
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