HOW I WORK
I am enthusiastic, I feel deeply, and I believe in the power of humor - these are core to who I am as a person and core to who I am as a therapist. My approach is very interactive; I bring my full self into the room, and invite clients to do the same.
At the beginning of working with someone new, emphasis in placed on getting clear about what it is they are seeking and then collaborating with them to decide the pace and direction we go.
I’m particularly excited about guiding people in becoming aware of any unconscious beliefs that are getting in their way. Some of this work involves going back into the past, staying in the present, and/or planning action steps to make shifts in the future. Core to this approach is working with people and their inner critics - the (often unconscious) limiting beliefs we have about ourselves that shape the lens through which we see ourselves and our world. "I'm not good enough," "I always mess up," “I’m not capable,” etc… - I help people to recognize, understand, and then move beyond their inner critic by gaining deep understanding of their self and engaging in the practice of self-compassion.
Questions about how I work? Please reach out, I’d love to provide more information and answer any questions.
Why I do this work
I have long been connected to the experience of using my life to better the lives of those around me - this desire was amplified by my experience being an emotionally sensitive child who experienced a lot of the darkness (pain, insecurity, anxiety, depression, and fear) as well as the gifts of lightness (joy, love, support, hope). I operate my life from a mission to help as many people as possible while still fulfilling individual passion. The work that occurs in the therapeutic and human development space is where this belief comes to life for me, and I’m so grateful to love what I do. Legit - I look forward to Mondays.
What I believe about therapy
I believe therapy is awesome, period. There still seems to be a cultural belief that paints therapy as something for the weak, the broken, and the crazy, and I have a hard time with this because I believe the opposite. I believe anyone who steps up into a therapeutic space exhibits strength and courage, and is taking responsibility over their life. It is from this belief that I approach my work with clients. In my own personal practice of self-care and personal development, therapy has been a container within which I have grown more into myself, gained better understanding about how and why I operate the way I do, released and shed those aspects of being that no longer serve me, and stepped more into who I want to become as a person. Bottom line - I love therapy and look forward to continuing to be a part of spreading the narrative of how rad it is.
Education & Training
I graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. There, I wrote the thesis that became the derivative of Green Exercise Therapy. In conjunction with graduate school, I obtained further clinical training at the University of San Francisco's Center for Child & Family Development and with Bay Area Community Resources, where I provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and their families in both school and community clinic settings.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Marin County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. I am also a member of the San Francisco Chapter of CAMFT, as well as Gaylesta, an association of psychotherapists serving the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to my psychotherapeutic work, I am also a Project Wayfinder Guide, bringing this purpose learning curriculum into schools.
If you feel I may be a good fit for you, please contact me to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss further.