Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Strengths-based
I believe that we as humans can turn pain into power (I have experienced this myself)! I also believe that when you feel seen, understood, and safe, healing happens. There are not many places where we can come to be, breathe, and experience unconditional acceptance. Therapy is a place where you can show up as yourself, keep it real, cry, laugh, and do everything in between without feeling judged. It also provides an experience of safety, calm, openness, and engagement. I aim to provide a safe and supportive environment where you can process feelings, learn about yourself, and take control of your life. You’ll receive compassionate guidance, insight, and perspective. You’ll learn to harness your unique abilities, strengthen your relationships, and improve your life.
I am an integrationist, which means my training in a variety of different psychotherapy approaches allows me to adapt my approach to best suit the unique needs of each individual. As much as I draw from various approaches, I’m aware that many of these interventions weren’t developed with things like culture and race in mind. I aim to have a practice that views mental health and wellness through a social justice lens that is attentive to issues of race, culture, gender identity and spirituality. More than any theoretical framework or approach, I believe that a positive connection between therapist and client is the greatest and most important indicator of a client feeling that therapy is helpful, meaningful, and successful. I believe the safer, more listened to, and more comfortable someone feels, the more they will feel safe to do this hard work.
MSW - Social Work, Columbia University
Certification - Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C)
Certification - Maternal Mental Health
Certification - Postpartum Support International
Internship - Solace Program for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma
Spending time with my family and dogs near the ocean, traveling, cooking and trying new recipes, doing restorative yoga and gyrotonic, and supporting Bay Area sports teams.
Eat breakfast and get a hug from my partner and daughter before launching into the day.
I've read In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez several times. It's a beautifully written historical fiction novel that highlights the courage of three sisters and who led an underground movement to overthrow a dictator.
I love that the Bay Area if full of opportunities to recharge. I love to hike, try new restaurants with friends, and see live music. I also recharge by having a quiet moment alone to "reset" and I love to leave town, even just for the day, for a change of environment.
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