Therapy isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be joyless. If you’re looking for a therapist who can delve into the dark stuff with both the compassionate support and the sense of humor that it deserves, you’ve come to the right place.
I work with women and LGBTQ+ folks on a range of issues, from managing anxiety and depression, to improving self-esteem, to healing from past trauma or loss. Many of my clients have experienced violence in an intimate relationship, and I have specialized training to support survivors of domestic violence so that they can move forward in their lives and their relationships with others.
I’m an avid reader and have found that books can be a powerful tool for exploring the human condition, so if you love reading as much as I do, we can use that to support our work together. (I promise not to load you up with literature unless you ask!) I also have a special interest in working with creative types. If you’re an artist, musician, craftsperson, writer or performer who needs a little nudge to nurture your craft, I’d love to work with you to incorporate your creative pursuits into your goals for therapy.
In addition to my one-on-one work, I love working with couples on improving communication and increasing intimacy, especially when partners come from different cultural backgrounds and hold different values. I wholeheartedly believe couples needn’t be in conflict or crisis to seek couples therapy and encourage premarital counseling to create shared values and expectations regarding work, finances, intimacy, and family.
If you’re interested in learning more about my work with individuals or couples, please reach out and schedule a free consultation today!
I’ve been interested in psychology since adolescence and I definitely went through a phase where I told people I wanted to be a forensic psychologist when I grew up. But music has always been a passion of mine as well. As an undergraduate, I studied classical music, and am particularly fond of opera. I love everything from Verdi to Dvorak to Stephen Sondheim and I once sang in a honky tonk band. Music and the performing arts have always been an important aspect of my self-care, so I can empathize with how deeply the pandemic has affected artists and forced us to think creatively about creativity.
In college, I added psychology as a double major almost as a safety net, and it wasn’t until nearly ten years later when a friend nudged me to volunteer at San Francisco Suicide Prevention that I had my first concrete experience with working in mental health. I found deep satisfaction in my weekly four-hour shift at SFSP and, even when a shift was particularly challenging or draining, the work felt honest, pure and exhilarating. I also *really* enjoyed building rapport with the regular callers and this inspired me to seriously consider becoming a therapist.