My Approach to Helping
San Francisco is at the forefront of innovation, and it's a city for new adventures and boundless opportunities. For many young professionals, fast-paced San Francisco and different aspects of life (e.g., careers, relationships, family) can accumulate to cause stress. This can lead to anxiety, depression, feeling 'stuck', and other painful challenges. I can help you understand and master life stressors that affect your emotional health. My mission is to get you motivated and activated so that you can achieve your personal and professional goals to foster a sense of fulfillment and wellbeing.
Combined with my neuroscience background, my empathic and collaborative approach can help you find tangible solutions by exploring your feelings and thoughts. I provide you with tools to achieve your goals and I customize therapy to best suit your needs by drawing from a variety of evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Using these techniques, I will enable you to find the best path to wellbeing.
More Info About My Practice
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 10 years of experience providing mental health assessment and treatment in a variety of settings including outpatient psychotherapy clinics, community mental health centers, and hospitals. I provide scientifically-based individual counseling and psychotherapy in-person in the San Francisco Financial District. I have availability on weekends and after-hours on weekdays. Life is busy, so I also provide secure live video therapy (all you need is your smartphone, laptop, or tablet).
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I provide high-quality, evidence-based counseling and psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and populations, with an emphasis on working with young professionals in their 20's, 30's, and 40's. The pressures that come with being successful at work can lead to feeling lonely, tired, stressed, and/or depressed. I'm skilled at helping young professionals identify and alter negative thought patterns and feelings so they can work towards achieving personal/professional goals and a healthy work-life balance. As a researcher, I devoted much of my career to studying motivation, so my therapeutic approach also focuses on providing clients with tools that will motivate and activate them to achieve goals and foster a sense of fulfillment.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
My goal is to help you gain self-awareness and achieve self-efficacy; therefore, I see most of my clients once a week for about 3-5 months. After that, we typically meet less often for several more months until therapy comes to an end. Therapy is tailored to fit your needs, so it may take more or less than 3-5 months. Therapy will likely include the exploration of ways in which your thoughts, emotions, and actions contribute to problems, and on how you can address these problems by thinking or acting a little differently. Therapy is hard work and may involve completing activities (#activate) and experiential exercises. Before we end therapy, we will review your goals, the work we have done, any future work that needs to be done, and our options.