for anxiety and trauma
for anxiety and trauma
Anxiety and trauma can keep you tangled up in excessive worry, overwhelming emotions, numbness, painful relationships, and a host of other challenges. I help clients find relief from these difficulties and begin to conceive of a life that is more easeful, intentional, and joyful. My approach emphasizes your innate healing potential and strengths, and my priority is to create a warm and non-judgmental space where you can explore your struggles. Together, we can uncover how you arrived where you are and discover your path to clarity, self-possession, and wholeness.
Contact me for a free 20-minute phone consultation.
The Mills Building
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
A holistic approach attends to all aspects of a person’s well-being, including mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. I help clients identify their needs and bring fragmented aspects of their lives into more cohesion. The result is feeling more grounded in your daily life, your communities, and your larger place in the world. People of all identities and expressions are welcome and celebrated in my practice, and I know that systemic and power imbalances have a direct impact on our mental and emotional health.
As an integrative therapist, I draw from multiple disciplines to weave a flexible approach tailored to each client’s needs:
Mindfulness - attending to the present moment brings new awareness and usable information
Somatic Psychology - observing and engaging with emotions as they occur in the body unlocks healing potential
Neuroscience - understanding how the brain and nervous system work sheds new light on old patterns
Psychodynamic (Insight) Psychotherapy - our past experiences impact our present situation
Attachment Theory - how we connect with others is shaped by our earliest relationships
Internal Family Systems (IFS) - each of us has inner “parts” that can be in harmony or conflict
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - evidence-based treatment of trauma and PTSD
In addition to anxiety and trauma, I also work with:
Grief and loss
I’ve been a trusted listener my entire life. I realized at an early age how powerful it is to hold space for others and the transformation that can happen when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable in the supportive, compassionate presence of another.
The central philosophy that guides my work is the belief that each of us is inclined towards wholeness and steered by survival. Rather paradoxically, our most challenging or painful habits began as strategies aimed at helping us survive. When obstacles are understood in this way and worked through, a natural movement towards growth and integration—previously caught up in old patterns or narratives or wounding—can complete itself.
Current research continues to prove the ancient wisdom that the mind and body are not separate entities but make up one unified system that is complex and multi-channeled. Once we understand the language of the mind/body unique to each person, we can begin to decode its difficulties and interruptions. Through gentle attention and exploration, we can also facilitate its healing.
My primary goal is to provide a space where my clients feel seen, respected, and empowered. I want you to know that there are reasons for your suffering, that there is relief to be had, and that you are strong for having persevered.
New Perspectives Center for Counseling
Richmond Area Multi-Services
Academy of Arts and Sciences
Community Institute for Psychotherapy
San Rafael High School
GLBT National Hotline
EMDRIA-Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Flash Technique
Hakomi: Essential Skills and Healing of Trauma
Kathleen Miller: EMDR and Structural Dissociation Theory
Janina Fisher: Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma
Deirdre Fay: Becoming Safely Embodied
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - California Institute of Integral Studies - 2013
Master of Music in Voice Performance - New England Conservatory, Boston - 1997
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana - 1995
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Many people seek therapy during or shortly after a crisis. In these moments, it’s most important to figure out how to stabilize, re-organize, and move forward with the help of a professional. Therapy is also helpful for anyone whose habits or patterns complicate their lives, compromise their relationships, or otherwise leave them feeling confused, lost, or unfulfilled. Self-reflection, a commitment to growth, and a willingness to engage are invaluable in the therapeutic process. The more of yourself you’re able to bring to the work, the more benefit you’ll experience.
There are many qualified therapists with extensive clinical training and expertise, but finding the right personal connection is key. Feeling comfortable, respected, and listened to are essential in a successful therapeutic relationship. The best way to determine how compatible a therapist is with you is to talk with them on the phone or in person. Articulating why you are seeking therapy and what changes you hope to see will also help a therapist to determine whether or not they can be responsive to your needs.
How long therapy lasts is unique to each person. The nature of each client’s experiences and their goals play a major role in shaping the course of therapy. My work with clients is collaborative, including check-ins about how things are going, and I always welcome questions about where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and how we can get there.
I don’t currently take insurance, but if you have an insurance policy that provides out-of-network mental health benefits, I can provide a superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It’s best to inquire about these benefits before coming to your first session.
Sessions last 50 minutes and occur on a weekly basis or more frequently if that better suits your needs. My fee is $150 per session, but I do offer some sliding scale slots based on financial need and availability. Payment can be made in cash, check, or credit/debit/HSA card. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, which means that if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice and aren’t able to reschedule for that week, you will be charged the full session fee.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
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