About My Clients
Do you feel paralyzed when facing a major life transition --- deciding a career path, stepping into adulthood, becoming a couple or separating, becoming a parent or not? Perhaps your relationship is frozen and you and your partner can't talk without fighting or can't agree on a shared vision for your lives. These stuck places are so lonesome, even if you are stuck as a couple. I believe that good therapy can relieve the isolation and create movement and the change you are hoping for.
My Background and Approach
The majority of my work has been with adult individuals and couples. I have a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelors in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. I started out in women's health, providing counseling to those facing abortion, pregnancy loss, and traumatic pregnancies. While working at an employee assistance program and as a volunteer pastoral associate in a justice-seeking spiritual community, I served those struggling with a variety of issues from anxiety and depression to career dissatisfaction and existential crises. Here in the Bay Area I have acquired specialties in infertility and adoption, most recently as the Director of Adoptive Parent Services at Adoption Connection in San Francisco. In therapy, I see myself as a collaborator whose primary role is to provide safety and structure. I help you cultivate a nonjudgmental stance of curiosity toward your situation.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that all human beings have inherent worth and dignity, and that we are both formed and healed in relationship with one another. I believe that each of us is further shaped and affected by the culture in which we live and that an intersectional understanding of race, class and gender must be integrated into the therapeutic process. While therapy is typically serious business, I think humor and warmth can ease the process. I believe being out in nature and away from our devices is inherently healing and we all need to do a lot more of that.