About Me

I am a graduate of Santa Clara University's School of Education and Counseling Psychology.  I received my MA in Counseling Psychology and am now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#109508).  My undergraduate degree is a BA from Tufts University in Psychology and Child Development.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area.  I understand the diversity and the specific challenges of the Bay Area personally.  For the past 6 years, I have lived in San Francisco, and have been impressed by the ambition and drive of the young professional population flocking to the city.  However, many of these people are lacking the social support necessary to lead happy and fulfilled lives due to the transient nature of the city.  I understand that while the jobs that attract people to San Francisco are exciting and offer a lot of benefits, they also take a toll. I want to help young professionals live a more satisfying life and solve problems. I can help clients in clarifying relationships, defining career goals and decisions, and healing depression and anxiety.   Clients leave therapy with an overall better understanding of themselves.

I also have experience working with the adolescent population and their families. I spent last year counseling middle school students and their families with issues related to academics, friends, family and mental health.  I look forward to helping more adolescents and their parents find confidence, happiness and compassion for themselves and others. 


My Theory

I have been studying Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) for the past four years.  ISTDP is an active form of therapy where the therapist assists the client in seeing the ways they are harming themselves, blocking themselves from reaching their full potential or damaging their relationships.  ISTDP addresses the defenses people utilize that were once useful, but now are standing in a client's way. These defenses may include maintaining walls against close relationship, turning anger inwards to attack the self or becoming helpless instead of strong.  ISTDP teaches clients to notice these defenses when they appear, and to tolerate the anxiety and feelings that are hiding underneath.  

I am clear with my clients about what I am doing  during therapy and why, so that the client is a full partner in the therapeutic process.  While I may be the "expert" on the therapeutic process, the client is the expert on him or herself.

 

The Therapeutic Process

Therapy is different for everyone.  However, I believe a universal truth of therapy is that the relationship between therapist and client is fundamental to client recovery.  I will strive to build a strong and trusting relationships with my client, building a safe place where healing can begin.  

Therapy can be a difficult process, as it often includes unlocking difficult memories and feelings.  However, the understanding that comes from processing these feelings will have an overall positive effect on the client's current relationships, state and wellbeing.