Often, when we have difficulties with life, hard emotions, or relationships, they can be traced to previous experiences that have left a strong impression on us. We carry them with us both in ways that we are aware of and that we are unaware of, and they can cause us to experience the world as painful and behave in ways that work against our own best interests and well-being. I provide a safe, supportive environment in which you can talk about your feelings and experiences, both past and present. We engage in a collaborative process that allows for investigation into why you feel the way you do and what factors have influenced your development into who you are and how you experience life. In doing so, people are often able to feel better about themselves, their relationships, and their place in the world.
I am a clinical psychologist with several years of experience working with adults. While my approach is relational/psychodynamic, I have training in a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities. I provide therapy tailored to the unique needs of each individual and I treat root causes and not just symptoms. I am authentic, supportive, and compassionate in how I work with my patients.
I have an avid interest in empiricism and the way statistics/research methodologies have had an 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 additional graduate 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. My practice of psychotherapy is informed by contemporary neuroscientific and applied clinical research; biopsychosocial, cultural and gender factors; and the value placed on having a strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. I am drawn to doing more depth work with patients and the research supports that psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based approach with success in helping patients make long-term change.
My training: I attended doctoral training at the California School of Professional Psychology. I have almost 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