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I am a compassionate Solution Focused Therapist, who specializes in helping Children, Adolescents, Individuals, and Families navigate life's transitions. I practice a strength based approach and accentuate the positive, helping you to discern what is working in your life and to capitalize on your unique and existing strengths, while encouraging you to let go of what is not working or even hindering your forward progress. I will join with you to determine obtainable, results oriented goals. Together we will establish individualized plans for you and/or your family, so that a clear path towards achieving your goals becomes conceivable, understandable, and most importantly, obtainable.
I embrace people of differing ethnicities, cultures, nationalities, and religious orientations. I also enjoy working with people who believe that they have different sexual orientations and alternative lifestyles. I have experience working in the disability community with people who are differently able and my office is fully accessible. I am upfront about my values and any biases which I may have and always invite dialogue or feedback around sensitive issues where my knowledge and experience may be limited.
I also believe in the connection between body, mind, and spirit and am trained in both holistic and somatic approaches, as well as in many "classical" talk therapy methodologies. In addition to becoming a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist (MFC34259) I also trained in the Expressive Arts Therapies at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (UCSF) and am a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT-948). After discussing your preferences, we will find a path that works for you.
And last but not least, I hold a special place in my heart, for people who are living with chronic mental health challenges, such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Major Depressive disorder, and any of the Anxiety Disorders. I believe in the Recovery Model and I will join you as an advocate, therapist, and case manager, if you so choose.