Give up all the other worlds, except the one to which you belong. --David Whyte

About Me

I came to be a psychotherapist by way of my own work. Work that for me, has become a way of living. I want to be ever more awake, aware, and present for my life as it is happening. I don’t want to miss one second of it. I don’t want to leave out parts of me that I decided long ago weren’t good enough. I want to be whole, and to know that I always have been. I want to savor every human experience, even the difficult ones, and accept myself even when I hate myself. I want to be fully here, no matter where here is. I don’t want to ever stop growing.

I am on the road too. There are very few places inside myself I haven’t been. It isn’t always easy, but it is undoubtedly worth it. There is no one else’s life I would rather live than my own.

I received a Master of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and completed my graduate clinical training at the JFK Center for Holistic Counseling in Oakland. I worked in community mental health agencies in California and Washington prior to opening a private practice. I have post-graduate training that includes:

  • Seeking Safety, 2012
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2012
  • Motivational Interviewing, 2013
  • Positive Psychology, 2014
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 2014-15
  • Working with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Adults & Youth, 2015-16
  • Internal Family Systems, Level 1, 2015-16

 

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“Real isn’t how you are made,”
said the Skin Horse.
“It’s a thing that happens to you.”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

~The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams