- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology; Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature
I offer a warm, honest, and collaborative space within which we can explore issues that are troubling you. My aim is for you to feel more fully alive, to find the flexibility and resilience for stronger connections to others and a more vigorous pursuit of your goals and dreams.
Change is possible. Deep, long-lasting change comes from within and radiates out into the world.
My work is relational and holistic. In addition to a master’s degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, I have a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and years of experience teaching literature, reading, and writing. I’m interested in what artistic expression tells us about who we are as humans.
I have more than five years experience as a therapist at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, the North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center, and Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center. I have helped many people live fuller lives and find peace within themselves and in their relationships.
Many of us feel blocked or confused as we approach the things we most deeply want. In my experience, this confusion can be the result of an important emotional cycle in our lives that has been interrupted. As young people, many of us developed coping strategies under unique and sometimes difficult conditions. These strategies were necessary and helpful at the time, but can later get in the way of relationships, career goals, creativity, or just the ability to be content and feel good about who we are. We feel that something is off and we frequently blame ourselves.
In our sessions you will gain a better understanding of patterns of thought and behavior that have kept you from knowing, revealing, and reaching for what you truly want. You will find the emotional flexibility to use your energy and creativity in ways that you choose, and the freedom to live a more satisfying life.
I value honesty. I value the strengths and vulnerabilities of being human. I value mistakes and the opportunities they provide for real apology, forgiveness, repair, and growth. I value the acceptance of actual limits, and the openness to discover that what we thought was a limit might not be one. I value relationships. I value the power of speaking truth and hearing it. I value the therapeutic process.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
I welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Some of the areas I work with include depression, anxiety, trauma, intergenerational trauma and stress, life transitions, illness, grief, anger, and career, relationship, parenting, and self-esteem issues.
I reserve a number of slots for lower fee clients. Call me to talk about the fee.
1996 Union St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94123
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If you are considering working with me, you can leave me a confidential voicemail at (415) 330-5443. Please let me know some good times to call you back, and we can schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to explore your interests and needs. Or reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you, typically within 24 hours.
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