My Approach to Helping
I collaborate with individuals and couples in building fulfilling relationships and developing self-understanding, confidence, and trust.
Genuine openness is important in my personal relationships, and it's reasonable that you would expect that from your therapist. Therapy benefits from you getting to know me too. If you ask me a question or would like to know what I think, I'll answer you!
My therapeutic style is to be warm, direct, and open with my perspective.
WHAT MAKES YOU A HOLISTIC THERAPIST?
Instead of pathologizing and focusing on problems, I address the whole person by bringing mindfulness (noticing moment-to-moment experience), somatic (body-based) awareness, health and nutrition, and spirituality into the therapy when needed.
An interest in health led me to obtain a certificate in nutrition from Cornell and personal trainer certification. I also have experience with somatic therapy. These allows me to pay attention to physiological and mental health.
HOW DOES YOUR OWN PERSONAL GROWTH INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?
I've been committed to my personal growth work for a decade, so that I can 1) experience the most meaningful life possible, 2) have fulfilling relationships, and 3) appreciate and enjoy life without my hangups and discomfort getting in the way.
My development and academic training allow me to engage with people in a challenging yet compassionate way which accelerates their self-understanding and contentment. My emphasis on mindfulness, spirituality, writing, and holistic wellness springs from personal experience as well as academic study.
More Info About My Practice
As well as office-based psychotherapy, I offer nature therapy (local parks around the bay area) and wilderness therapy trips (Desolation Wilderness, South Lake Tahoe, CA).
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University, anticipated 2018
M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
B.S. in Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, University of Kentucky
Graduate Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, Cornell University
Personal Fitness Trainer, AFAA
Wilderness First Aid, NOLS
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Men in relationship: Understanding a partner's motivations and what we really want in relationship
Creating fulfilling relationships with transparency & authentic communication (good timing and finesse)
Life purpose & adjusting to change
EMDR trauma treatment for negatively impacting events and relationships
Self-esteem & shame
Issues in relationship (attachment
Stress, anxiety, & depression
Mindfulness & meditation
Health & nutrition
How Psychotherapy Can Help
You have patterns of approaching situations and relationships that now result in dissatisfaction or disappointment. This dissatisfaction is simply a cue that something needs to change.
When we try to resist or ignore this cue, sometimes we end up tangled in larger issues like: inauthenticity, avoidance, low self-confidence, feeling stuck or trapped, and stress or hopelessness.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
In therapy you 1) better understand yourself, 2) move through what is in the way of your contentment in relationships and inner freedom, then 3) get what you need and want from life.
Working with a therapist is both challenging and nourishing. Your motivations, goals, and strengths become clearer. You gain insight into issues that might be difficult to face alone.