My Approach to Therapy
Everyone deserves to be heard, feel understood, and have space for self-reflection. I aim to be a compassionate listening ear and a safe sounding board for my clients. I am knowledgeable and affirming of queer identities and neurodiversity and strive to create an inclusive and welcoming space for individuals of all identities and backgrounds.
I draw upon a number of therapeutic frameworks including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), coaching psychology, as well as existential, feminist, and multicultural theories to develop an individualized approach to fit the unique needs of each person who works with me.
I believe one key to psychological well-being is learning to find a balance between acceptance and change. I use compassion and curiosity to discover, alongside my clients, areas of their lives where they can influence change as well as areas that are outside of their control. I find that intentionality, contemplative practices - such as meditation - and connection with one's body can be profoundly helpful in finding that balance.
I have been told that my presence is one of warmth and humor that puts others at ease. I value authenticity and I believe this comes through in my work with clients. Whether working with someone over a few sessions to address one or two key concerns or diving in longer-term to explore more deep-seated patterns, I strive to establish a relationship of trust and collaboration. From there, I can guide my clients in experimenting with new ways of approaching their challenges. I enjoy finding ways to translate words into action because what happens between appointments is just as important as what gets discussed in sessions.
Assessment & Evaluation Process
I approach psychological testing as a collaborative process of self-exploration, using tools that have been carefully developed and researched. Whether you are concerned about specific difficulties or are just seeking a deeper self-awareness, I can help you pinpoint your questions and will select psychological tests best suited to answer them. I believe in embracing and affirming neurodiversity and as such use a strengths-based approach to highlight ways my clients can work with, not against, their wiring.
I completed both my master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon, where my research focused on the interplay between gender roles and mental health. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of San Francisco followed by a postdoctoral residency in the Adult Psychiatry department at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. I also have experience in community clinics, substance use treatment, and emergency department consulting.
I practice what I preach when it comes to work-life balance, so I spend as much time as possible playing with my little ones, developing my green-thumb, walking, and enjoying music and meals with family. I also enjoy getting lost in audiobooks, podcasts, TV shows, and the occasional video game, particularly those with an element of darkness or suspense.