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The Purpose of Psychotherapy is

To Set People Free

 

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a degree in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I am the Co-Founder of the Trans Peer Mentor Program and sit on the executive board of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP).

Much of my clinical work focuses on the exploration of identity and transitional phases of life. Including the lived experience within the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and religion. I specialize in providing care for transgender, gender-expansive youth, and people navigating early adulthood.

During my 14 years in the field of mental health, I have worked extensively with adolescents and emerging adults in private practice, school, and group home settings. I try to create a space that is non-judgmental and encouraging to promote insight and growth.

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My Approach

Psychotherapy is a tool people can use to gain support, express themselves, and obtain insight into life’s troubles. At times therapy may feel challenging as we process painful memories and events. I approach therapy relationally, viewing the client as the expert in their life as we explore it together. My role is to facilitate the journey with the knowledge and experience I have acquired over the years helping others. I assist the client in gaining the skills to make their own self-discoveries and develop new ways of coping. My broad scope of training allows me to integrate psychodynamic theory, narrative therapy, and behavioral interventions into my therapy practice.

I believe in a client-centered treatment and tailor interventions to fit the individual client’s needs. The depth of psychodynamic therapy can help people find words for things that have gone unsaid and discuss ideas that have been too threatening to think about. While a guided focus on thoughts and behaviors allows a client and me to explore how one’s actions and assumptions about the world shape how we view ourselves and others. I help people to see the world through a new lens and encourage trying new behaviors which opens the possibility of new positive outcomes.