My interest in the body’s wisdom and capacity for healing stems from my yoga practice of over 30 years and my own journey through life. I believe that every moment is a chance to practice the meditation of being fully present, with self, with others, and with whatever is arising in and around us. It is from this awareness that we sense ourselves and our impulses towards a healthy and fully embodied aliveness. I provide a compassionate and nurturing space in which you can explore more deeply, areas of yourself that were previously unknown. My sensitive and calm presence is an anchor to those that wish to embark on a journey of self-discovery.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor licensed in the State of California and a graduate of the Counseling Psychology masters program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In addition to my graduate studies focusing on somatic (body-centered) psychology, I have studied extensively in various somatic modalities. I am a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and trained with Ron Kurtz, founder of the method, until his passing in 2011. I am certified in both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Brainspotting, evidenced-based practices to alleviate the symptoms of trauma both big and small. I have completed the one-year Training for the Treatment of Trauma through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. I am a certified Conscious Relationship and Body-Mind Vibrance Coach and completed the two-year Apprenticeship Program with Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD, and Gay Hendricks, PhD. I have worked in the realm of addictions and understand the connection between addiction and trauma. For fourteen years, I co-directed the renowned Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California and taught yoga for over twenty years.
As Parenting Counselor at a women’s residential recovery center, I worked with children ages 0-4 and their mothers to create healthy relationships. I have witnessed first-hand, the impact of the parent-child attachment relationship on the child’s development. I have also provided counseling to school-age children in a local school district and have worked with adolescents.
I work with individuals, couples and families experiencing a range of stressful life situations such as a traumatic event, death of a loved-one, illness, separation/divorce, family conflict, substance abuse recovery, and life transitions. I work with people who want to know themselves better and to create more joy in their lives. I welcome people of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious or spiritual beliefs. When working with clients, I draw on all my experience and training and seamlessly weave them together in a way that is most appropriate and beneficial for the client’s healing and wellbeing.
I am a CAMFT Certified Supervisor and can provide supervision to interns working towards licensure.
Psychotherapy, counseling, and life or relationship coaching for individuals, couples, parent/child dyads, families or small groups
- Free initial 15-minute phone consultation
- Single session
- Brief (2-10 sessions) and/or intermittent work (every 2-4 weeks)
- Long-term (weekly or intermittent)
- Telehealth via video or phone (for California residents only)
Supervision for interns working towards licensure
- Fees will be discussed and set during an initial phone consultation
- Sessions are 50 or 75 minutes long
- I currently do not accept insurance, but am willing to write a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for out of network services
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP): I am a provider for Claremont EAP, Empathia EAP, and Sutter EAP. Request services through your employer’s EAP.