My work as a therapist is grounded in a commitment to social justice and an intersectional feminist therapy lens that involves naming power dynamics and working toward equity. I am emotionally engaged and completely present with you in every moment. It is this quality of presence and attunement that I believe is the catalyst for deep healing.
I hold the therapeutic relationship as central to the work of therapy. I draw on personal life experience and over a decade and a half of professional, client-centered work with families, elderly and developmentally disabled adults. This experience supports me in forming trusting relationships that honor the individuality and uniqueness of each person and family system.
My approach is warm, compassion-focused, intuitive and client-centered. I employ somatic, relational, psychodynamic and cognitive strategies in support of your therapeutic goals and needs. I bring into the therapy room the deer, for her gentleness and patience; the eagle for her clear and far-reaching vision; the bear for her fierce, maternal protectiveness and the orca for her emotional intelligence, empathy and interconnectedness.
I hold a Masters of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #115158. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
I acknowledge that I do this work on Ohlone land and I ask for guidance from ancestors, my own and those of this land, in working in a way that brings about not only individual healing, but healing for the collective and all beings.
"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity."