Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist # 107345
It is easy to feel stuck, confused, or overwhelmed, when dealing with the many challenges that life throws at you. Especially in the current political climate, many of us feel particularly challenged, overwhelmed, vulnerable, and confused. When dealing with life’s more complex challenges, often there is not a quick and easy solution. However, having a supportive ally throughout the twists and turns of life can make all the difference.
I welcome all parts of you and aim to support you in knowing yourself as deeply and completely as possible. My role as a therapist is primarily to work collaboratively to create a safe environment for you to feel able to be yourself as fully as you want. We might explore the parts of yourself that feel scary or challenging, and the parts that feel joy and confidence, and everything in between. In order to support my work as a therapist I work from a Gestalt framework and incorporate Somatic and Attachment psychology as well. My work is deeply rooted in social justice, anti-racist, and feminist values.
Some common topics that clients come to me for are:
-LGBTQ+ related issues
-Chronic Illness/Health Struggles
-Grief and Loss
-Sex and Sexuality (including Kink/BDSM & Polyamory)
I received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2010, and then received a Masters degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2018. I trained Gestalt Therapy at the Church Street Integral Counseling Center for 18 months, and I also have attended trainings through CARAS (Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities) on working with clients who participate in Kind and BDSM, and attended a year long comprehensive training in Somatic therapy through the Hakomi Institute.
6355 Telegraph Avenue,
Okaland, California 94609
1640 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94110
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
I charge $130 for a 50-minute session for Individual or Couples Therapy, and $180 for a 75-minute session. I have a limited number of low-fee sliding scale openings.
Gieve Patel License # 47196