My style as a therapist is warm, direct and curious. I have 6 years of post graduate specialized training in Gestalt Therapy, a form of psychotherapy that is centered on increasing a person's awareness, freedom, and self-direction. Through my post graduate study, I also gained exposure to systems theory which has informed my therapeutic approach. I also have training in Internal Family Systems (Level 1) and 9 years of clinical experience. I work with couples, families and individuals both in person in Hayes Valley, San Francisco and through tele-health sessions.
Issues including: life transitions, strengthening the relationship, intimacy/closeness, communication, resentment, family stress and sexual fulfillment.
I help couples communicate more authentically and effectively, building deep safety and trust in each other. Through practicing empathy, deep listening and personal boundary work, couples grow stronger and are able to both tolerate difference and experience intimacy.
Child and Family Therapy:
Children ages 4-18
Including: Blended families, single parents, lgtbq+ families
Difficulties including: anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, ADHD and perfectionism in children. Parents who are facing life stressors or transitions may also schedule family counseling as a preventative measure for their family.
I work from a family systems perspective which means that instead of working primarily with a child or adolescent who is experiencing difficulty, I work with the whole family. This is because it is almost impossible to separate challenges a child is experiencing from stressors other members of the family are undergoing. Even in cases where the child's experience seems removed from the family (for example, social or academic challenges at school) it is still helpful to engage with the whole family. Where can connections and communication be strengthened? The stronger and healthier the family is as a unit, the healthier the individuals will also be.
Family therapy works by mapping out the family dynamics occurring and supporting each member with insight, resources and improved coping skills. I meet 2x a month with families for 1:40 long sessions. I also collaborate with other providers such as psychiatrists, school counselors and couples therapists.
About me: On a personal level, I have a strong connection to nature, yoga and music. I am an animal and coffee lover. I am a member of the LGBTQ community and am committed to antiracism work.