Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
As a therapist, I approach my work with warmth, humility, and curiosity. I view therapy as a collaborative experience, and as someone on my own mental health journey, I have a vast amount of respect and empathy for the folks I work with. While I prioritize the relationship and believe that all good work will begin with a strong connection, I do also like to focus on exploring concrete options for moving forward with a client’s goals. This often means drawing on evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and drawing on a client’s personal wisdom and expertise in what works and doesn’t work for them.
While therapy is certainly never easy, I do my best to create a therapeutic space that feels comfortable, non-judgmental, and hopefully at times even enjoyable. I have experience working with folks all across the many spectrums of identity but feel particularly passionate about supporting those who have often been underserved or have not had access to mental healthcare that feels safe and accessible.
MSW - Social Work, University of California, Berkeley
As someone who has struggled with my mental health over the years, I know just how challenging it can be. I found therapy to be a transformative and life-saving gift myself and wanted to be able to give that to others. I view therapy as a way to serve others, especially those most in need. Also, it's mentally engaging! I learn from the folks I work with just as much as they learn from me.
Before becoming a social worker, I worked in the education department of a zoo and as a pet sitter. I have my own pets, regularly visit my local zoo, and spend a lot of time listening to podcasts about animal behavior.
Sometimes I go outside for a walk around my neighborhood or a more ambitious hike. But other times I just allow myself to hibernate, watch tv, sleep in, and cuddle with my cats.
Yes! I currently have two cats, Igby and Otter. Otter only has three legs and so is very vocal about asking for help to get to places four-legged cats go easily (like the top of the fridge). My cats really like to go outside, but I'm an overprotective cat mom, so I only let them out on harnesses. While they don't love putting them on, they know it means outside time, so they come running when I pull out the harnesses.
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