My Approach to Helping
Counseling can be the process of exploring and naming the stories we hold about ourselves, then identifying which parts of these stories resonate with one’s true self.
The process of psychotherapy is collaborative. We start by determining goals you have, short- to long-term, and by building an authentic therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy can address histories including making sense of past traumas and how to they show up in our present functioning. It can also be used to focus on making sense of our feelings, thoughts, and ways we act in the world.
My goal is to provide you with the tools to improve your mental and emotional health, and I aim to do this with curiosity and encouragement. I work through harm reduction, psychodynamic, and trauma informed approaches. I also use mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused interventions, among others. Addressing systems of power and oppression is part of my work, and I aim to be sensitive to how your cultural identities and lifestyle inform your experiences and values. I am sex-positive, gender-affirming, and size neutral.
I work with adults of all ages, from young adults to older adults. I offer experience and training working throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in mental health and substance abuse treatment, including community programs. If you have any questions, please ask.
If you are new to therapy, or nervous about connecting in this way, I commend you and your willingness to try counseling.