My Experience

You deserve to have a therapist who is experienced in understanding and supporting people like you. Over the last ten plus years, I have worked with many different types of groups and individuals. My experience includes the following:

LGBT Individuals, Couples, Family Systems

This practice welcomes all genders, orientations, and family configurations. I especially enjoy working with the LGBT population on issues surrounding coming out, self-discovery, identifying social support, and establishing community. I have frequently worked with dynamics that can sometimes be unique to the LGBT couple and family. Additionally, my experience working with those in other sexual minority communities such as the BDSM and polyamory communities is substantial. I remain professionally connected via membership and training with a number of organizations dedicated to providing quality, affordable care to gender, and sexually variant communities.

Teen & Family Communication

With over ten years of working directly with teens and their families, I bring a unique perspective to how families communicate with each other. Learning how to come to a place of “shared reality,” while disarming your own judgments about what you and your child/parents might be thinking can be a real gift. Family work gives everyone in the room a chance to express themselves and have concerns, hopes, and fears validated. I work often with teens and families who find themselves having come through a crisis or a “rupture” that has changed their relationship in some way. Everyone gets tools to practice at home.

Caregivers of Family with Severe Mental Illness

My work in hospitals and residential care facilities has given me particularly meaningful insight into the challenges that come with living with and caring for a loved one with severe mental illness. From emotional volatility to grieving for lost or changing dynamics, it can be hard to remain present for a loved one when they are experiencing the most challenging aspects of their illness. Likewise, how you process these changes can have an effect on your relationship. I help you recognize these challenges, maintain healthy personal boundaries, and provide empathetic support to your loved one. I have also had significant experience working with teens and young adults with early-onset psychosis, and make my office a welcoming and non-judgemental space for all to consider the best steps in helping the family come together on this journey.

Organizations I Have Worked With

My experience in mental health and education spans the spectrum of age, population, and community. I have worked with children, teens, families, and adults in many parts of the Bay Area. I have worked with schools, community organizations, outpatient programs, and residential treatment facilities. In addition to my private practice, I have worked with many different schools and agencies.

Let’s Get Started

In conclusion, if you are ready and willing to seek and accept help, I have the experience to support you in a place of understanding and encouragement, providing you with the coping skills and tools you need to flourish. Therefore, if you are seeking therapy in the Sacramento or San Francisco areas, to schedule an initial consultation, call me now at (415) 723-4141 or submit a contact form now. I look forward to speaking with you.


Contact

Contact Me

You deserve to be heard and understood. I am here to provide the support you need. To meet with me and discuss therapeutic options, submit my contact form or call me at (415) 723-4141.

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