At its most basic, therapy is about feeling better and gaining clarity about ourselves. At its best, it leads to us feeling more alive and having a more expanded sense of who we are, with greater flexibility and confidence in all our relationships.
From an early age, we unconsciously develop deep-seated, limiting storylines about what is possible for us, sticking with the script to our great frustration until we’ve had enough; More than likely, we feel disconnected from others, or we see our relationships diminishing. This fork in the road is often the meeting point for my work with clients. From here, we turn the page and work on a fresh chapter.
I work from the perspective that, as holistic beings, our avenues to change start from different entry points of the mind: thought, emotions, body, and spirit. Part of my job is to assess which of these routes is best for you as we proceed.
I’ve spent the last 15 years of my career studying a variety of proven methods and techniques so that I can best work with the unique person and issues in front of me. I incorporate psychoanalysis, concrete exercises, emotional processing, somatic work, mindfulness, and creativity. How I engage you will depend on what is most likely to take you to the next step of expansion.
My approach is to relate with gentleness, kindness, and curiosity about you while also being truthful, direct, and instructive. I aim to lead with my heart, and to ground myself in science.
I work with couples and individuals to help them move beyond the obstacles that keep them from the fulfilling relationships they all long for. I specialize in addiction, sexual identity, gender identity, and chronic illness. And I work with trauma and emotional wounding from childhood.
I am dually licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT45320) and a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC1379). I have completed numerous training programs including Gottman Levels 1-3; Sensorimotor Levels 1-2; EMDR Parts 1-2; Dialectical Behavior Therapy Parts 1-2, and supervision in Brainspotting. I completed my Master’s in Counseling at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Drama Therapy Program in 2003.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was an actor, director, and stage manager in Chicago’s theatre scene. From that experience, I hold the idea that imagination and the creative self are key to new possibilities. As a therapist, I’ve worked as a consultant for federal probation and state parole, a residential drug counselor, and a high school child and family therapist. Most recently, I served as the Director of Clinical Programs at the Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley for 7 years. I’ve been in private practice since 2004.