"In any given moment, we have two choices: to step forward into growth, or to step backward into safety."
- Abraham Maslow
When asked why I do the work I do - my answer is simple; I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am continuously intrigued by who and how we are as humans, each and everyone.
Balancing work and play, while taking care of myself, is a dance that I continuously engage in on a daily basis. Whether it is making art, taking classes, blasting music, practicing meditation, running, or simply breathing in the fullness of life; I profoundly value the intersection of all these important parts. Throughout ongoing years of activism, I came to believe in the tenacity of doing something you love in the face of adversity. This is something that I hold very close to my heart. It informs the work I do as a therapist, and allows me to more clearly see the whole of a person and how we are driven to awaken our aliveness. Colleagues have described me as being “totally, completely non-judgmental,” and that is the absolute groundwork of my practice.
I received a Bachelors in Women’s Studies, with a minor in Sociology, from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. I am privileged to have worked in nonprofit clinics and counseling centers as well as private practice. My formal graduate training is in Psychodynamic and Relational therapy. Additionally, I have trained in Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing®, an effective method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress, as well as Dr. Diana Fosha’s Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an attachment-based therapy. I am a Certified Sex Educator through San Francisco Sex Information. I continue to expand my knowledge and understanding as a therapist through professional trainings, consultation with colleagues, and self inquiry.
Private Practice Psychotherapy
Women’s Options Clinic Counselor
Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street Two-Year Clinical Training Program
International Association of Trauma Professionals Trauma Conference
Somatic Experiencing® Two-Year Training: Beginning I - Intermediate III
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Immersion Training & Essential Skills Year Long Training
San Francisco Sex Information Certified Sex Educator Training
Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute Professional Member