My Approach to Helping
There are times in life when we realize that something isn't working for us anymore, and we need support to make sense of it all. It can be hard to carry our challenges alone, and a true relief to have someone help us hold them. Together, we will use therapy as an opportunity for you to heal, to evolve, and to grow. Taking this first step can be difficult, but on the other side of it lies the discovery of your full potential.
As a Queer, Black, bicultural, bilingual, first-generation clinician, I know personally the experience of intersectionality, and care deeply about working with others of marginalized identities. Working from a client-centered, psychodynamic framework, my approach is warm, collaborative, and rooted in principles of healing justice and trauma-informed care.
It is my hope to support you in building greater self-understanding and self-compassion, and in developing ways of thinking, feeling, and relating that are more authentic and aligned. I believe that this can put you on the path towards becoming more fully yourself, living in a more joyful and integrated way, and building resilience in an ever-changing world.
More Info About My Practice
Welcome! I am a California licensed Clinical Psychologist with a focus on adolescents, transitional aged youth, and adults. My clients tend to seek therapy to work through issues which include depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, family conflict, identity issues, difficult transitions, and histories of trauma. I am particularly passionate about serving clients of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.
My approach can be described as warm, supportive, and insight-oriented. I aim to empower my clients by helping them build bridges between the past and the present, using the therapy relationship as a means for understanding internal patterns, and what may be keeping those patterns in place. This can lead to deeper self-awareness, paving the way for growth and the possibility of new ways of being and relating to the world.
In my work with clients, I take into account the whole person and their potential for growth, helping them to get in touch with their own inner wisdom in order to move towards change. I hold my clients in the context of their individual identities, and I consider the impact that experiences of intergenerational trauma and oppression can have on mental health. My goal is to help clients to find their voice, take ownership of their stories, become more fully themselves, and stand more confidently in their own personal power.
I earned my PsyD from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. My experience has included working in elementary and middle schools throughout the Bay Area, as well as community mental health clinics, and San Francisco General Hospital. I have served as a clinic director and supervisor to graduate students in training, in addition to working in a group private practice. Outside of my clinical work, I have provided training to other practitioners in the areas of child development, complex trauma, and Healing Justice.