Some things I can quickly tell you:
+I have been sitting with clients for 24 years and I love it. Helping people who are struggling find hope, meaning and lead mindful, valuable lives is a true reward. I bring commitment, energy and passion to every individual and session. I work with adults and couples with a broad range of concerns.
+Client's have described me as open, compassionate, authentic, and nonjudgmental. I have good boundaries and have received feedback that this is helpful and containing, especially to those who have had a negative psychotherapy experience in the past. I use humor in therapy, when appropriate. Active listening, respect and guidance, as well as quick assessment and intervention are key. A trustworthy, collaborative, and goal-focused treatment relationship is top priority.
I was born and raised in New York City, earned my BA from USC and my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University-CSPP San Diego. I have been licensed as a Psychologist since 2000 (California License PSY16885). Since 2002, I have been a part of Potrero Hill Psychotherapy, a cofounded group practice with Dr. Tamara Hicks and Dr. Jocelyn Cremer. I also have a psychotherapy practice in Oakland, CA.
In addition to regular consultation with colleagues, I continue to enhance my therapeutic skills and knowledge as a clinician by participating in educational trainings, most recently in the areas of maternal mental health, spirituality integration in psychotherapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I am a member of the Alameda County Psychological Association, San Francisco Psychological Association, and Postpartum Support International.
In the past, I have facilitated DBT Groups, Dual Diagnosis Groups, New Mother's Support Groups, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Groups and Women's Psychotherapy Process Groups. I have had numerous internships and work experiences (Kaiser Martinez post-doctoral internship and Adult Psychiatry Psychologist Kaiser Richmond, community mental health clinics, outpatient psychotherapy clinics, psychiatric hospitals) and supervisory experiences. Bottom line, I have had a diverse range of clinical experiences in a broad range of settings and continue to value working with a diverse population.