- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
You not sure what to do, but you know you need support.
Your kid is having meltdowns over seemingly nothing. You’re in the middle of a major life transition and feel lost. Your own childhood or trauma history is getting in the way of parenting and relationships. You want your family to feel whole and connected and your child to be content, confident, and calm. But it all feels impossible and overwhelming.
You can reach a place of acceptance and peace without ignoring your needs. I help children, teens, and parents reconnect and rediscover their resilience, finding their inner calm.
I enjoy sorting through the messiness of family relationships and even the sometimes-knotted and tangled nature of working with parents who are no longer partnered. It’s not just the energy, connection, and challenge of the work I love—there is also something wonderful about working with kids as they grow and develop, tackling problems before they become entrenched. I have a special affinity for the awkward tween and early teen years, which are full of growth and change.
I also feel privileged to work with those on the other side of childhood, to acknowledge the former child within the emerging adult. Being part of another person’s healing journey is an honor.
In addition to a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University (SFSU), I have a graduate degree in library and information science and was a reference librarian in government and non-profit settings for a decade. My undergraduate degree is in philosophy.
After graduating from SFSU, I completed an intensive, psychodynamically informed training program at Ann Martin Center (AMC) in Emeryville. At AMC, I worked with children, teens, parents, caregivers, and young adults. I have also counseled children in a private school, provided psychotherapy to formerly homeless adults, and volunteered and trained volunteers on a crisis hotline.
My approach is relational, humanistic, and collaborative, working on the belief that everyone has inner resources to build upon. Early life experiences and attachments are a focus of my work. I also directly acknowledge the effects of social forces and our environments on our sense of self, comfort in the world, and freedom of choice. Finally, I believe we all need to create meaning in our lives to feel fulfilled and whole.
When working with children, I use play therapy and expressive arts techniques and meet with parents to provide support. My work with teens, young adults, and parents is generally talk-focused, though I sometimes incorporate art and mindfulness into sessions, depending on client need and interest. Tweens may require a little bit of everything.
Ultimately, I tailor my approach to your needs.
My work is guided by compassion, warmth, a sense of humor, and a sense of justice. I see things from many vantages, providing a nonjudgmental, safe space. This works especially well for people who are unsure about therapy. I have a knack for working with children whose parents who are no longer partners, holding space for different points of view.
My approach is open and accepting. I acknowledge the influence of intersecting sociocultural forces such as race, class, age, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, and sexual orientation (among others). I also keep in mind my lived experience as a white, cisgendered, heterosexual woman and how that experience interacts with or differs from the lived experiences of my clients.
- Young Children: 4-6
- Children: 7-12
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Foster Youth
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
My office is located on the border of Berkeley and Oakland and is a space that is welcoming for kids and adults alike.
- Credit Card
3099 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 (on Oakland border)
- Monday Morning
- Monday Afternoon
- Monday Evening
- Tuesday Morning
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
- Thursday Morning
- Thursday Afternoon
- Saturday Morning
To schedule your free initial phone or in-person consultation, call (510) 344-2665 or email me at email@example.com.