Meet the Doc
Working with people for the past 20 years post licensure has taught me about what the human spirit can overcome. I provide a supportive environment and a safe relationship in which you can let down your guard and heal. Each of us has amazing resources that we don't even know about; I help you discover and use those resources. I also help you learn new skills to feel better emotionally and get along better with others. It is my mission to help you find those resources that allow you to flourish and prosper in your life.
I offer psychotherapy that helps you reach your goals, as well as consultation and training in traumatic grief treatment to other psychotherapists. My passion is helping grievers and trauma survivors enjoy life again, making their lives worth living and putting an end to unnecessary suffering. I am very interactive in the session and clients have told me that I am warm, compassionate, and that I ask "really good questions" that get them thinking about what they want in life.
I do this work from a desire to be of service to my community, for those who have suffered from traumatic events and losses, and seem stuck in low self-esteem and negativity. I was trained to be sensitive and responsive to people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I proudly serve BIPOC clients, LGBTQ+ clients, and people from many different religious backgrounds. I acknowledge that the land I occupy was taken from the Yuhaaviatam/Maarenga'yam (Serrano) tribe of Indigenous people.
My experiences as a Caucasian American woman with different abilities has forced me to be more compassionate, patient, and understanding of people who struggle with mental and physical illnesses. It has especially sensitized me to people who have medically unexplained illnesses or negative experiences with the medical profession. Growing up in the East Bay Area of San Francisco, I have been privileged to encounter people from many different sexual orientations, gender identifications, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. In addition, my graduate school emphasized multicultural competence and many of my teachers were culturally diverse. This allowed me to lay a foundation of greater sensitivity to people with different backgrounds from me, which helps me be humbler and more curious than Caucasian therapists without this training and exposure.
I can't wait to see you become empowered and able to live comfortably in the present. You've been trapped too long in a painful past. As Helen Keller said, "although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Not only can you survive what happened to you, you can also allow it to help you thrive and become a better version of yourself.