- Attachment Trauma
- Childhood Trauma
- Complex Trauma
- Developmental Trauma
- Emotional Abuse
- Grief and Mourning
- Intergenerational Trauma
- Relational Trauma
- Sexual Trauma
- Substance Use/Abuse
- Adolescents (13-19)
- Adults (20+)
Warm, strength-based, unconditional positive regard, and experiential.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #100588
Lewis & Clark College | Bachelor of Arts | 2008
University of Michigan | School of Social Work | 2015
IFS Training Series - Carmen Jimenez-Pride - April 2022
TF-CBT Training - Alicia's Place - May 2021
Sonoma Psychotherapy Institute - EMDR Basic Training - June 2020
Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing - SE Training Institute - October 2019
Multidimensional Family Therapy Certification - MDFT International - December 2018
Why I do this work
I grew up in a town of 200 people in rural northern Nevada, where access to most forms of support--social, educational, mental health, financial--was limited, if existent at all. I have a deep commitment to providing the support that was so often inaccessible to me in my early life. I have spent the last 7 years focusing on providing family therapy to teens and their parents/caregivers throughout the Bay Area, many of whom, for systemic reasons, have minimal access to the supports they need and deserve. Throughout all of my personal and professional experiences, I maintain my belief that we live in an increasingly complicated and challenging world. I'm here to remind you that you are not crazy; but this world sometimes is. We are all just doing our best to survive it in the ways available to us (and to hopefully have some fun along the way).
The best part of my job
For me, the best part of this work is witnessing people finally experiencing relief. In family work, I am always humbled to see family members harness their inner strength to both share and receive truths, and to express and receive love in new ways.
How I spend my free time
Hiking with most committed companion (my dog Pancho), going on adventures with my niece and nephews, watching horror movies, and pretending I know what I'm doing in my garden.
“Let us love this distance which is wholly woven of friendship, for those who do not love each other, are not separated.” Simone Weil
Top personal growth resources
- Trauma Stewardship by Connie Burk and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
- The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris
- The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation by Deb Dana
- My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem