My Approach to Helping
I understand that all people have wisdom and goodness inside of them. Seeds of joy, peace, wisdom, and love all lie inside each human being. I see my role as that of an experienced ally and facilitator, helping people come to explore their inner landscape, know themselves more deeply, and befriend themselves whole-heartedly. To uncover and follow your heart is a possible and worthwhile personal journey. By practicing mindfulness, insight-oriented awareness, getting curious about your experience, identifying and following your values, using creative expression, inner dialogue, and self-compassion we can help you experience more happiness and fulfillment. When we know and respect ourselves and are caring for ourselves with loving-kindness, we feel more nourished and able to love others more fully and fairly. I respect my clients and their process. I enjoy helping others through the dynamic, genuine, and creative process of therapy and coaching. Therapy is for anyone who wants to support themselves to heal or grow.
More Info About My Practice
I have specialized training in helping couples heal and improve their relationships and I practice Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I have completed Gottman training Levels 1, 2, and 3. Gottman Therapy is a highly researched form of couples work. I enjoy it for it’s structured, solution-focused and also heart-centered orientation. Please call or visit my website for more information.
My office is located in Downtown Burlingame near 101 and the Caltrain station. My San Mateo office is near Hwy 92 and 101. I offer in-office, online, and phone appointments. Feel free to contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and how I can help.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
As a licensed therapist, I'm skilled at supporting people through a variety of life circumstances and situations. In particular I'm passionate about personal growth and helping my clients become more empowered and getting their needs met in relationship and improving the quality of their connection with others. My areas of focus are couples therapy, helping clients resolve high stress, anxiety, worry, co-dependency, perfectionism, low self-esteem, heartbreak and relationship trouble, life transition, and crises of meaning.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Everyone naturally has areas of vulnerability. In our vulnerability, we find valuable information that can help us live more in line with what's important to us. There's an ACT slogan that goes; "In our pain we find our values." There is tremendous heart to be found in our vulnerable feelings. Wanting support with a sensitive area is why people seek out therapy. It's courageous and a sign of clarity to know what you're feeling and to take the steps to get support and guidance. Too often people hide from their difficult feelings and act out harmful behaviors that can manifest in problematic habits, isolation, overwork, avoiding closeness, conflict, depression, anxiety, etc... this causes distress and can result in a lack of meaning. Engaging in therapy is admirable, you are demonstrating that you are bold enough to take a look at yourself and lovingly take steps to grow in the direction you cherish. You can find your beauty, strength, and wisdom in the process too.