I am a clinical psychologist with several years of experience working with adults. While my approach is relational/ psychodynamic, I have training and experience in a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities. I provide warm and highly personalized therapy tailored to the unique needs of each individual with a focus on treating root causes and not just symptoms. I am drawn to doing more depth work as a means of helping people achieve long-lasting change and personal growth. Being authentic, supportive, and compassionate best describes how I work with my patients.
My practice of psychotherapy is informed by contemporary neuroscience and applied clinical research; psychosocial, cultural and gender factors; and the value placed on having a strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. I have a strong understanding of statistics and research and am interested in their impact on developments in the field of psychology. To that end, I've conducted research on statistical literacy amongst psychologists. Also, my former career as an options marketmaker and studies in behavioral economics helped train me to evaluate good from bad research and pay attention to the implicit biases that shape our thoughts and decision-making. Research supports that psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based approach with success in helping patients make long-term change.
I attended doctoral training at the California School of Professional Psychology. I have ten years of clinical experience and have worked with a wide variety of people from many diverse backgrounds at these sites in the Bay Area:
VA Medical Center-Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic (Provided individual and group therapy to Veterans coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse, psychosis, and health issues)
HealthRight360 (Provided individual and group therapy to culturally-diverse, dual diagnosis clients in a forensic setting)
Richmond Area Multi Services (RAMS) (Provided individual therapy to culturally-diverse clients with a range of mental health issues in a community-based mental health clinic)
Jung Institute (Provided long-term, depth-oriented therapy to a diverse population of clients with a range of mental health issues)
Post-doctoral clinical work in a private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco
Private practice in the Castro working with diverse clients with a range of mental health issues