My Approach to Helping
Are you stuck in a cycle of stress & reactivity that negatively impacts your body, thoughts, feelings & relationships? If you are ready to break the cycle, learn deep techniques to respond to stress skillfully & move forward to live a life consistent with your values, then I would love to work with you.
I combine the power of both evidence-based therapy with my specialty of mindfulness-based biofeedback to treat the physiological, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relational sources of your suffering. I would describe my goal in my therapy as helping you increase your psychological flexibility so you can live a consistent, values-based life; biofeedback is a powerful technique that uses specialized equipment to show you how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect your physiology and how to learn psychophysiological balance.
I deeply appreciate the relationships I create with my clients and consider it a joy and honor to assist my clients in improving their lives.
More Info About My Practice
I'm an engaged therapist and can be directive and challenging when needed; in fact, many of my patients have come to me after trying several therapists who did not challenge them enough. My view is that therapy, especially when mixed with biofeedback, should create a sense of curiosity and awe about how we can work with our minds and bodies to live better.
My practice is strongly based in evidence and my experience working with a wide variety of people and settings ~ at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a safety-net hospital, community mental health settings, as a former Assistant Professor at the University of California at San Francisco and of course my private practice ~ gives me the ability address multiple problems from multiple perspectives.
Lastly, I have a strong background in working with immigrants and non-native English speakers as well as others from diverse walks of life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
OCD (Exposure & Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, Skin Conductance Temperature Monitoring)
Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Heart Rate Variability, Respiration & Capnometry Biofeedback, Skin Conductance Temperature Monitoring)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy; Heart Rate Variability, Respiration & Capnometry Biofeedback, Skin Conductance Temperature Monitoring)
Couples Therapy (Emotion Focused Therapy; joint Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback)
Headaches (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Heart Rate Variability, Respiration, Muscle Tension & Temperature Biofeedback)
Stress-Related Hypertension (Respiration, Heart Rate Variability & Temperature Biofeedback)