My work is anchored in the belief that an authentic connection to another person has boundless healing power. I believe that every person has, at some level, the need to be seen, heard and understood by others. During this very challenging time of COVID-19, sheltering-in-place, social distancing, fears of virus transmission, PLUS the civil unrest, protests, arrests, fireworks, and other jolting sensory information, we are especially deprived of the calming, settling and comforting routines that help us feel safe. For some, this may be a reality their bodies and minds have been forced to adapt to over a long period of time, and the collective grief that is rising to the surface can no longer be denied.
I use a "whole person" (holistic) approach, knowing that many factors contribute to my client's state of mental health, including cultural and spiritual beliefs, personality, life experience, family of origin, attachment style, early childhood development, trauma, ancestral history and traditions, somatic structures and the times in which one lives. Rather than approach mental health like physical doctors do (identify illness or injury, apply prescribed medication, surgery or physical therapy), I tend to multiple dimensions of mental health that are operating in sequence with each other to create maladaptations, limiting beliefs about oneself and the world, and dysregulation in the nervous system. It is my belief that each client has within them the knowledge and power to heal and grow, and that my role is to help facilitate the discovery and application of those inherent tools.
Some of the modalities I use in therapy include:
Somatic Experiencing (I'm an SE Practitioner in training year 3)
Internal Family Systems (or Inner Parts Work)
Relational, Client-Centered Approach (non-pathologizing)
The Grief Recovery Method
I help clients find what's blocking authenticity in relationship to themselves and others. Often we don't realize how the old hurts, bitterness, regret, shame and beliefs "contaminate" our communicate with others. The feeling underneath our message is also received by the other person. We tend to deny this fact, even though we see people reacting to us in unpredicted ways. I can help you uncover and process the non-verbal messages you are communicating, so that you can have honest, fulfilling and authentic relationships. I also help with depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, self-awareness and mindfulness.
Another area of specialization for me is grief using the Grief Recovery Method (GRM). Given how much loss we are all experiencing in the present moment, finding out what losses you have experienced and survived is crucial to understanding how you have adapted to life in ways that are squashing your ability to feel joy, hope, pleasure, agency and balance. Figuring out what has been left incomplete from any type of loss (not just death), leads us to the remedy of delivering the emotional communications we needed to say back then in order to say goodbye to the past. Using the GRM myself has allowed me to release negative emotions from long ago and as recently as last week, in order to let go of what was no longer serving me in my life, and make room and open my heart to new dreams, new relationships, and new hope for the future.
Thank you for visiting me today. I hope to get the chance to meet and work with you.
Masters in Counseling Psychology -
John F. Kennedy Graduate School of Holistic Studies
License, Certifications & Awards
CA MFT License #53393
Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in Training
Professional Activities and Memberships
Assistant Clinical Director of Heart in Balance Counseling & Training Center
Clinical Supervisor to Trainees and Associates
East Bay CAMFT
Anti-Racism Working Group for White Therapists
White Fragility/White Privilege Consultation Group