Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.Anaïs Nin
It’s difficult to make big changes in your life. Sometimes it can feel more comfortable to live a smaller and smaller life, avoiding what makes you hurt, confused, or afraid. I love working with people who are bravely willing to move through the pain to a fuller, more rewarding life.
Psychotherapy is all about healing through relationship. While I can give you lots of helpful information, you can get that out of books- for much cheaper! What is more valuable is attending to your full lived experience- as a whole person sitting with another whole person.
In the old-fashioned view of psychotherapy, the therapist is a “blank screen” onto which a client projects their thoughts, feelings, and issues, giving them a chance to work them out. This method helps lots of people- and it’s not how I choose to work.
So in therapy with me, you get to be sitting with a real person. There’s really no way my full humanity can be left at the door. When I have biases and opinions, they show through in my reactions to what my clients tell me. If that triggers shame or distancing, we attend to that in the room. This honesty creates a sense of safety and closeness that can be healing.
And because I’ve given myself permission to be a fully expressed human being in the room, I hope that offers you permission to be the same. I want to celebrate your full range of emotions, your thoughts, your reactions, and your unique way of being. I want to help you feel good about who you are and what you do. And I’m committed to the adventure of healing with you.
I work very well with couples who are curious about what a loving relationship could look like for them, rather than what it should look like, accepting roles and patterns. We pay particular attention to what supports and enhances each of you within the relationship. I strive to support and advocate for love in all its forms. I welcome couples of all genders and sexual expressions.
As we work together, I step in to help slow down the fighting or distancing, soften the hardened edges, and help bring couples back into mutuality, partnership, and intimacy. Most couples struggle around spending more time together, agreeing to a deeper level of commitment, or any number of decisions or tensions around sex, money, kids, gender roles, emotional intimacy and safety- even issues as mundane as chores or meals. Dynamics you’ve learned from your parents or other important couples in your life may further separate you from the person you love. It may be scary or hard to talk through these things, but as we sit together, you can feel close again.
I’m passionate about helping people struggling with body image issues. As we work together, I’ll help you to reconnect to your embodied experience, which can offer you a healthy, nourishing, and enjoyable relationship with food, exercise, and your body.
For many people, some of the most difficult relationships in life are with food, exercise, and body image. This can manifest in a number of ways: overeating, restrictive eating, food anxiety, compulsive exercise, binging and purging, and shame about your body and your appearance. I’ve found that an over-emphasis on the way we are “supposed to” look, or the way we are “supposed to” eat, causes us to ignore our embodied experience. From this disconnected place, we lose access to our true hunger and satiety cues, as well as a full emotional experience. As you learn to reconnect to your body, the benefits are so much more than just healthy eating and a positive body image, offers you access to your intuition and joy.
I work with a diverse range of needs:
If you are unsure of whether or not I can help in your particular situation, feel free to contact me.
Call or email me today. I like to begin with a free 15 minute phone consultation, where we discuss what you’re looking for in therapy and how my practice can accommodate your needs and schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about how therapy works or my style, I’d be happy to answer them.
I have offices in downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland. The San Francisco office is located right above the Montgomery Street BART/Muni stop, and the Oakland office is a few short blocks from the 12th Street BART stop.
I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to help people. As cliché as that may sound, it’s informed a lot of what I’ve done- from my formal education to the reading and discussions I get into in my spare time. I am constantly looking to improve my understanding of what helps people heal and grow.
As an undergrad, I was very interested in the healing power of creativity. I also recognized that healing has to take into account social justice and our embodied experience, leading me to blend these interested into an individualized major at the Gallatin School at New York University. My interest in yoga and yoga philosophy led me to explore further what embodied experience can offer to the therapy process. I received certifications in these fields and pursued a counseling degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the field of Somatic Psychology. Putting all of this training to use, I have practiced therapy at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy and currently serve as a school-based Behavioral Health Counselor with Richmond Area Multi-Services in addition to my therapy practice at the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy.