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I am a psychologist with 20 years of experience helping individuals lead more fulfilled and balanced lives. I work collaboratively with adults, couples and teens/kids to see how we may uncover a more meaningful and less stressful life. I am committed to assisting people in finding tools to help them figure out what is getting in their way. I am a co-founder of Potrero Hill Psychotherapy (www.potrerohillpsychotherapy.com). Psychotherapy is usually once per week and I offer a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation to see if there is a good fit between psychologist and client.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. I treat a range of issues, including anxiety and stress, depression, trauma, attachment issues, social difficulties, adjustment problems, and disruptive behaviors. The types of services I provide include consultations, individual child or adult therapy, parent-child therapy, and parenting support. For more information about my services, please click on the button to the left to visit my website.
Are you deciding to try therapy for the first time, or considering a return to this work in a new phase of life? This leap, whether for you, or for your relationship, can be incredibly vulnerable. Healing + change require personal commitment, and trust in the therapist you choose to guide you through the process of re-patterning. The Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Integrative Coaching I provide is insightful, proactive, and inspirational. I will support you to more fully connect with yourself, and more deeply in your relationships. When you are grounded, and your relationships are solid, your work in the world will be meaningful.
Starting therapy and finding the right fit can be a daunting task. I view the therapeutic relationship as something that is co-created over time and as the primary tool for healing. I have experience working with teens providing specific insights and tools relevant for that stages of life as well as across the lifespan and the many difficulties that can come up along the way. Focusing on the here and now, we work to increase self awareness, compassion, insight and care while simultaneously holding the larger context within which we meet, including ways that race, gender, class and culture impact our experiences and identities.
Experiencing anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness is a natural part of being human. How you respond to these emotions is what makes all the difference and can dictate whether you sink and struggle or thrive and grow. Amazingly, it is by facing and bringing love to what you wish you could 'get rid of' that allows parts of you to transform and metabolize into the power and grace you long to feel. My job is to help you navigate this journey and learn the skills to be your own captain; to help you see how much choice you actually have.
Therapy is your journey. If you invite me to walk along beside you, I will offer to you my best critical thinking, understanding, compassion and theoretical knowledge based on 20 years of working in this field. I am adept at pointing out signposts, synchronicities, other paths and directions that you may not have noticed along the way. Sometimes we need another set of eyes to tell us when we are just about to step in something gooey and stinky. And other times we need help getting it off the bottoms of our shoes so that we can continue onward.
People often come to see me when one or more hurdles stand in the way of living the life they want. Clients frequently have concerns related to interpersonal relationships, family conflict, divorce or breakups, work/school-related struggles, life transitions, grief, adoption, and immigration. They may have wrestled with eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, and the effects of one or multiple traumas. Some of my clients have experienced a sense of emptiness, self-criticism, perfectionism, and lack of motivation. My clients have diverse identities and backgrounds, which are respected and valued in our work together.
How do you wish to engage in life? Are you getting what you want? Are you getting too much of what you don’t want? We average 6,200 (mostly negative) thoughts a day. Are you wishing for more loving relationships, good will, affection and purpose in your life? Pain rolls through our lives and understandably we wish to avoid it. We often deflect pain but inevitably it returns. Our habitual behaviors take root over many years, often initially helpful but later in life constrict us. I offer an approach to notice how you incur distress by turning toward what you wish to avoid with a sense of curiosity and care.
We can often find ourselves facing challenging life transitions, relationship challenges, or have a hard time developing skills to deal with stress. My goal as a therapist is to work as a thought partner as we work toward your goals. I believe in the importance of compassion and kindness as we develop a judgment-free therapeutic relationship. My approach is both client centered and trauma-informed as I incorporate Compassion Focused and Acceptance and Comitment Therapy into our work together.
I have over 30 years of experience, working with both adolescents and adults. I am dedicated to supporting you in finding clarity and direction, so that you can thrive in the life you want. As a licensed psychotherapist and professional coach, you may come in to see me for problems with your relationship, work, family, mood, health or addictive behavior. I can help you get back on track, creating and achieving your goals!
I am accepting new clients for video therapy and tele-health during the Covid-19 health crisis. I work integrating the mind, body, and spirit, you can become more connected to yourself and better able to respond to life as it occurs. I specialize in helping people reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, heal from trauma, manage difficult life transitions and go through the process of grief and loss. In conjunction with therapy I work with people individually integrating the techniques of yoga, breathing, meditation and nutrition. I will help you to develop or deepen an individualized lifestyle that suits your needs.
Major stressors bringing you down? Feeling overwhelmed, unproductive, or isolated? Learn how to interrupt racing thoughts, relax under pressure, and bring joy back in your life. What if therapy could help you feel like yourself again? You can regain your energy, manage irritability, and connect with people more easily. It's okay to set boundaries, prioritize yourself, and make space to figure out what you want and need. Together, we can address what doesn't seem right in your job, life, or business and develop custom tools and strategies to help you reach your goals.
I trust that people come to therapy seeking a more authentic happiness; and I work as best as I can to help clients let go of concepts and mistaken views of themselves that have led to more pain and confusion. I work with individuals, couples, children and families, bringing warmth and understanding to the relationships and life problems that surround us. Sometimes the first call is the most difficult. I am often available to speak briefly or will return your call as soon as possible, making the next steps and new perspectives possible.
In working together, I will help you identify themes and patterns of feeling and thinking that create barriers to having healthy relationships and preventing you from living life to your fullest potential. I emphasize meeting you where you are at and expanding in ways that are attuned to your needs and your experiences in your social context. I aim for a therapeutic relationship that allows for an experience of respect and equal engagement that is crucial to the foundation of change and exploration.
If you hold yourself back in life, work and relationships, worry too much about things you've done or things you're about to do, are often bummed out, or would like your relationships to be more satisfying, then these are good indications that you may benefit from the type of psychotherapy I offer. I have helped many people through all of these issues, and others. Give me a call, and if I'm not the right fit for you, I promise to help you find the therapist who is. You don't have to keep suffering alone.
I have over 13 years of professional and paraprofessional experience working in the Mental Health field. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, specialization in Marital and Family Therapy, from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology this past year, with an emphasis on Domestic Violence. I have previously worked in Los Angeles County and North California with adolescents and their families who experienced mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Welcome! I'm currently offering telehealth and in-person sessions. My work is warm, relational, and balanced. I enjoy cultivating genuine relationships with clients and value each individual's story, including their identity, strengths, relationships, and personal beliefs. Together, we will discover what is no longer serving you and replace it with the skills to help you live a more fulfilling life.
"What one person has to offer to another, is their own being, nothing more, nothing less" - Ram Dass. My therapeutic approach is a strength-based perspective that focuses on a person's innate potential rather than pathologies and shortfalls. Consistent with this approach, my role as a therapist lies not in solving problems but in helping clients examine inhibited issues and biases, identify practical solutions to their problems and progress towards deeper wisdom. I have worked with clients of various ethnicities, addressing a range of mental health issues, relationship problems, and life transitions.
I specialize in working with people who feel anxious, overwhelmed, or distressed in career, life situation, or around their relationships, whether with a significant other, family, friends, or social situations. Often this involves working with challenging relationship dynamics, insecurities, sense of self, sense of purpose, or past trauma. I approach combines my experience in both psychotherapy and coaching and is direct, compassionate, and transformative. I utilize the proven research focusing on the neurobiology of attachment along with a holistic toolbox including mindfulness and somatic (body oriented) awareness.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Potrero Hill, San Francisco are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Potrero Hill, San Francisco then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, or Child Psychologists in Potrero Hill, San Francisco.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Potrero Hill, San Francisco psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Potrero Hill, San Francisco specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.