With a BA in Psychology & Women's Studies and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology, I confidently support clients in navigating life transitions with authenticity, grace and vitality. My therapeutic work weaves together Western psychological theory with Eastern traditions of spirituality, infusing sessions with practices to assist you in developing self compassion, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and body awareness.
With the ultimate goal of facilitating a return to balance and alignment, I partner with you to pattern new, healthier ways of moving through the world and being in relationship with self and others.
Additionally, I co-founded the SF based holistic group practice HAVN Collective, a wellness community for the curious and courageous.
Specialties include anxiety, women in transitional life phases, men experiencing intimacy/relational issues, new and expectant parents, co-dependent relationships and alcoholic family systems. I also love working with other therapists and those in school/training to become therapists. Individuals and couples of all ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and sexual/gender identities are welcomed.
I've made San Francisco my home since 2006, and have been working with clients since 2012. I live with my husband, son, two cats and our rescue dog, who occasionally makes an appearance in sessions.
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
B.A. in Psychology
Minor in Women's Studies
Western Washington University
Clinical Associateships at The Novato Youth Center and The Marina Counseling Center
Trainings & Certifications
Buddhist Psychology Training with Matthew Brensilver <In Progress>
Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center
Meditation Teacher Certification with Mandy Trapp <In Progress>
Anchor Meditation Studio
San Francisco, CA
Doulas of North America (DONA) Trained Postpartum Doula
The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professions
Seattle, WA & San Diego, CA
Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training
Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
New York, NY & San Francisco, CA
Reiki Level 1
Ten Things I Believe About Therapy
1.) Often times it feels worse before it feels better.
2.) Therapy kind of *is* a one-sided relationship, and that’s ok; this may be one of the only relationships in your life where you aren’t expected to ask the other how they are…and that can be both weird and freeing.
3.) The results of going to therapy usually aren’t immediate; that’s tough, since we are hard-wired to crave immediate gratification for our investments. However, the benefits we receive through our commitment overtime are immeasurable.
4.) I’m a therapist because I’m on this path of healing and wellness, too; therapists have therapists!
5.) You’ve got to show up for it to work. Therapy is a ritual, and consistency is key- even when you don’t think you have anything to talk about or you don’t want to go: resistance is often a sign that a breakthrough is on the horizon!
6.) I don’t give advice, and I don’t have the answers. I carve out a path for you to find your way back to your inner truth, and create space for you to tune into your own wisdom.
7.) On a related note, I don’t know what “health” or “wellness” look like for you, and I don’t have an agenda for your work. My goal is to explore these concepts together and help you define and create your ideal life.
8.) Don’t like something I said? Angry at something that happened between us in session or otherwise? Tell me! I *want* you to talk about how our relationship impacts you; most of us never learned how to intentionally and lovingly repair conflicts, and I want our relationship to be a place where safe rupture is possible.
9.) Insights and explanations are interesting and can be helpful, but I believe it’s developing the capacity to hold our emotional experience in equanimity and be witnessed in all of our messy humanness that truly heals.
10.) I’m constantly moved and inspired by the courageous vulnerability that my clients share in the room with me.