I became 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 ever want to 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 other life I would rather live than my own. I wasn’t always able to say that.
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 working with youths, adult individuals and couples. I worked with youth and adults 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 CBT, 2012
Motivational Interviewing, 2013
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, 2014-15
Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth & Adults, 2015-17
Internal Family Systems Levels 1 & 2, 2015-16