- Childhood Trauma
- Developmental Trauma
- First Gen Trauma
- Grief and Mourning
- Intergenerational Trauma
- Racial Trauma
- Relational Trauma
- Relationship Strain
- Adolescents (13-19)
- Adults (20+)
Warm, direct, relational, interactive, eclectic.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #51152
University of California at Berkeley | B.A. Psychology | 1998
Antioch University | M.A. Clinical Psychology | 2006
Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Board Member, East Bay Chapter of CAMFT, 2019-2022
President, East Bay Chapter of CAMFT, 2020 and 2021
Functional Family Therapy | FFTLLC | 2012
Transition to Independence | Stars Training Academy | 2018
Why I do this work
It was my personal, life-changing experience with meditation and therapy that led me to pursue a career in which I could help to empower others to achieve balance and fulfillment in their own lives. I believe every person possesses the inner strength and resources necessary to achieve happiness and self-fulfillment, however, there are times when we may need extra support and guidance in order to access it. I encourage clients to be more present, loving, and compassionate with themselves while gaining the tools to manage and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma, relationship issues, stress, and anger. I identify as a queer woman of mixed race/ethnicity and am LGBTQIA+ affirmative. I welcome clients from all cultural backgrounds and identities.
The best part of my job
The best part of my job is the bittersweet goodbye at the end of treatment when the client has achieved their goals and we determine that weekly therapy sessions are no longer needed. I cherish the therapeutic relationships I build with clients. Getting to know someone, being a part of their healing journey, and witnessing the changes they make throughout their therapy experience is an honor. Often, external circumstances have not changed, but the way a client relates to themselves and others as they navigate the challenges of life have changed significantly.
How I spend my free time
On the weekends, I enjoy long rides on my road bike all over the Bay Area with my partner, friends, or bike club. I love hiking, museums, architecture tours, and discovering new restaurants and boba tea shops.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Carl Gustav Jung
Top personal growth resources
- Fully Present, The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D., and Diana Winston
- Being Well Podcast with Dr. Rick Hanson, Forrest Hanson