I integrate evidence-based practices, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with principles from strengths-based, narrative, and feminist therapies to develop treatment plans that are both client-centered and based in sound research.
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 mindfulness techniques, in addition to encouraging intentionality, help my clients make peace with those things they cannot change.
Everyone deserves to be heard and feel understood. I aim to be a compassionate listening ear and an objective sounding board for my clients. My work is made richer by the varied experiences and perspectives of the people I see and so I welcome and affirm individuals from all identities and backgrounds into my practice.
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 outside of the therapy room just as important as what gets discussed in sessions.
I completed both my master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon, where my research focused on the relationships between gender roles and anxiety. My clinical training sites included a community clinic, a substance abuse treatment center, and a community college counseling center. My pre-doctoral internship at the University of San Francisco brought me to the Bay Area, where I have been living and working ever since.
During my post-doctoral residency with the Adult Psychiatry Department at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, I further honed my skills in solution-focused techniques and group therapy. I gained a better understanding of psychopharmacology and the interplay of mental and physical health. Upon completion of the residency, I was hired on as a staff psychologist and emergency department consultant with Kaiser. These days, in addition to seeing clients at my Oakland and Walnut Creek practices, I am on staff at the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center, where I work with clients at the FiDi office.