California License #100068 MFT Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a licensed psychotherapist living and working in the Bay Area. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and after years working in social services moved to San Francisco to pursue graduate studies.
I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Art Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Post-graduation, I gained in-depth expertise in addiction medicine and treatment of co-occuring disorders, while working in a long term residential treatment program. I provided comprehensive therapy to individuals and their families, who struggled with addiction and mental illness, helping them find lasting recovery.
I led a cutting-edge crises intervention and stabilization team, treating individuals with significant mental health and substance use issues, and connecting them to long term community services.
I have also provided grief counseling to adults and children at a grief clinic, taught dialetical-behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based and art therapy to community groups, and worked with elementary school children to support their social and emotional development.
In addition to my 10 years of professional work in mental health, I am also a close family member of someone with a lifelong mental illness. I understand the ups and downs of recovery, the impact on families, and the strain of medical and social factors on mental health.
My therapeutic style is active, practical and curious. Previous clients have described me as calm, approachable, patient and kind. I love the outdoors, and I find much healing in the natural world. I hope to hear your story and help you move through fear and confusion into a brighter, stronger future.
How I Work
Remember to Breathe