- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMFT 100415 (CA), T1469 (OR)
Master Arts, Counseling Psychology
(Licensed in California and Oregon)
I specialize in working with people who struggle with complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Complex trauma is often the result of growing up with a caregiver who was abusive, neglectful, and/or suffered from mental illness or addiction. Complex trauma can also be a result of growing up in an environment where there was poverty, frequent incarceration, violence, and oppression. Symptoms of complex trauma include anxiety, depression, difficulty with relationships, chronic pessimism, fear of success, and a sense of feeling broken or that something is wrong with you.
I am trained in various techniques that specifically work with trauma and I work with an anti-oppression perspective. I have a diverse caseload and include you and your family’s particular socio-political-historical context when considering the impact of intergenerational trauma. You do not have to identify with, or have suffered from, complex trauma to contact me. I also work with attachment and relationship issues, perfectionism, giftedness, gender and masculinity, and issues around immigration, acculturation, and belonging.
I came into this work out of a desire to transform the cycles of trauma on an individual and societal level. Destructive elements of history, society, and family are often individually reproduced and internalized. However, individual healing can also have ripple effects that travel back out into the larger sociopolitical and familial context, transforming some of the conditions that contribute to our suffering.
I completed the Undoing Racism training through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. I view trauma and oppression through the lens of intersectionality, a term coined by Kimberly Crenshaw in 1989 and further developed through the thinking and activism of other women of color feminists and trans feminists. I view struggles of race, class, gender, and personal healing and liberation as bound together through the institutions, structure, and fabric of our society and encourage any and all discussion of these issues in the therapy room.
I have a master’s degree in somatic psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and have many years of experience with children, adolescents, and adults. I was an individual therapist at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco and a sandplay and play therapist at an elementary school. I spent seven years in drug and alcohol recovery and domestic violence advocacy, including working with survivors of domestic violence who also struggled with substance abuse and addiction issues. I also worked with adolescents as a drug and alcohol counselor in a residential dual diagnosis treatment center.
I have been in a private practice and nonprofit setting since 2013, working with adults as well as couples and people in polyamorous arrangements.
My approach is trauma- and oppression- informed. I am trained in various modalities that are up to date with the latest neuroscience research and incorporate the body as well as the therapeutic relationship. I am warm, interactive, and empathetic. Together, we will explore how you may be holding trauma in your body and will pace the work in a way that helps you cope better with your current life, eventually transforming deep-seated survival strategies you may be unconsciously using. We will use the therapeutic relationship as a way to explore and experiment with your various ways of relating and see what may be blocked in your current repertoire. This will help you find ways of opening to deeper connection and discover needed boundaries, allowing you to connect more safely with others.
I believe that healing and transformation are possible for everyone and that our human organism possesses its own innate process of regeneration and renewal. The therapeutic relationship can offer the safety, support, and guidance to facilitate your bodymind's organic processes of healing. I am committed to understanding oppression and social change and am constantly in the process of educating myself to understand the impact that various systems may have had on your life and how these impact the therapeutic relationship.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons in Kink/BDSM Communities
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- 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
- Persons with Disabilities
Immigration, Acculturation, Assimilation, and Belonging; Persons Identified/Identifying as Gifted
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Other issues that I commonly see in my practice are struggles with masculinity and forming a positive sense of masculine identity, issues with aging and finding purpose, issues negotiating polyamory, issues with attachment, the challenges that emerge for those identified as gifted in childhood, and general anxiety.
I offer online therapy and teletherapy.
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431 30th St, Oakland, CA
2574 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR
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Email is the fastest way to schedule. You can email me at email@example.com. I can also be reached by voicemail at (415) 799-3730. Please let me know some good times to reach you, as this number is voicemail only and I will need to call you back. I look forward to hearing from you. I generally respond within 24 to 48 hours.