A Bit About Therapy~
While every counseling experience and relationship is unique, my overall approach seeks to provide a warm, trusting, nonjudgemental relationship in which you are deeply listened to and can safely and freely discuss your challenges, concerns, and vulnerabilities. My work involves helping us notice and respond together to whatever unfolds.
This is a "client- centered" process in which you determine the particular areas of discussion and exploration in a given session. Our process will challenge old assumptions and narratives while promoting personal growth, inner healing, insight, and self awareness.
The main goal will be to work together to build on your internal resources and resolve your presenting concerns as far as possible, supporting you to have healthy and meaningful relationships with the important people in your life.
About Me ~
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in San Francisco offering psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children.
My training focuses on helping my clients improve their relationships with themselves and others, navigate life transitions, and heal from traumatic experiences.
I have provided therapy in a variety of diverse settings including schools, hospitals, residential facilities, family resource centers, families' homes, and outpatient clinics throughout the Bay Area.
My areas of expertise include:
~ Working with Pre and Postnatal moms
~ Working with the challenges of anxiety and depression
~ Supporting parents as they navigate and adjust to parenthood
~ Strengthening the parent-child connection
~ Supporting children and their families coping with special needs
~ Grief surrounding the loss of a loved one
~ Living with a life threatening illness and/or chronic pain
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy,
Notre Dame de Namur University, 2002
BA in Psychology, University of Vermont, 1996
Certified Yoga Teacher, Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF, 2012
I am an active Clinical Member of the following professional organizations:
- San Francisco California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (SFCAMFT)
- Northern California Art Therapy Association (NorCATA)
Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation by calling 415-517-9319.
Scroll down to read more about my approach to therapy.
I provide psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children individually or as a family.
SERVICES I OFFER~
The psychotherapy services that I provide are tailored to meet the individual needs of my clients. I draw from a variety of theoretical orientations including Psychodynamic (insight oriented,) Cognitive Behavioral (skills development,) and Mindfulness (body-mind connection) approaches. In addition to these orientations, I use art, play, and sand tray therapy when clients are drawn in these directions.
Sometimes, words are not enough. In my work with children and adolescents, I often draw from my training in Art Therapy. Creating art can be a non-threatening way for children and youth to share, explore, and release their feelings and emotions. Art Therapy is a modality that can lead children and youth to discover new ways in which they can safely work through issues such as grief, loss, anger, body image, fear, confusion, and conflict.
Some adults choose to engage in the art making process as well as a way to access feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to express verbally.
Sand Tray Therapy
Sand tray therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses sand, a variety of miniature figures and natural objects to create a scene or world within a sand filled tray. The scene or story that is created in the sand can be used by the client to express symbolically parts of their inner world. Sand tray therapy can give one the opportunity to see emotions and conflicts from different perspectives, facilitate change, improve communication, and internalize coping strategies.
Often children are naturally drawn to this type of calming sensory play based approach. Sand tray work can be a very powerful form of therapy for adults as well by allowing clients to explore the inner wisdom of one's unconscious and the natural drive the unconscious has to move towards healing and wholeness.
Finding a therapist is a very personal process, and I encourage you to contact me to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if we might be a good fit for working with one another.
Please contact me at 415-517-9319 or fill out the form below, and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
My office is located in the Inner Richmond District at:
1122 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
My fees are comparable to other therapists in the area. Please contact me to discuss my current fee. I provide a portion of my work on a sliding scale basis. Please inquire about my reduced fee availability if you are in need of this.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
A typical session is 50 minutes in length. A Family Therapy session may be 60 minutes in length.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I am not currently on any insurance panels, but I am considered an "out-of-network" provider. I can provide invoices or "super bills" that you can give to your provider.