About My Clients
Life can be challenging, and at times, despite our best efforts we can feel stuck or lost. My clients are looking to make specific changes in their lives and want an interactive therapist to help provide specific tools and strategies to guide this process. I help clients reduce stress, and shift their relationship to painful emotions. I frequently work with people around boundaries, relationship concerns, life transitions, and issues related to gender identity.
My Background and Approach
As a licensed psychologist, I have extensive training in evidence-based approaches and have worked across all different levels of care in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, schools, community mental health, and private practice). I specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based approaches. I also have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention. I strive to provide a calm and compassionate space where you can get in touch with what matters most to you, and use that as a guide to making changes in your life. My style is warm and genuine, interactive, and culturally-sensitive. I completed my APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and did my internship at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego which was also APA-accredited. I earned my doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute and my bachelor's degree from The University of California at Berkeley.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My colleague and I started our practice together and decided to call it HeartWork Psychology because we believe our work should always come from the heart. Our mission is to promote well-being through compassionate and evidence-based therapy and assessment. I also maintain membership in both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the California Psychological Association (CPA) and regularly engage in continuing education to stay up-to-date. My dissertation was on affirmative care working with trans* identified individuals, and I have presented at CPA's annual convention as well as the summit for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).