Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
— Rumi


 Photo courtesy: Meridian Brady

Photo courtesy: Meridian Brady

I’ve been a trusted listener my entire life. I realized at a young age how powerful it is to listen deeply to others, and I've seen the transformation that occurs when we allow ourselves be vulnerable in the compassionate presence of another.

The central belief that guides my work is that we are all inclined towards wholeness and steered by survival. Paradoxically, our most challenging or painful habits began as strategies that helped us survive in the past. 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.

Research continues to show 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 redirection, we can also facilitate its healing.

My main goal is to provide a space where you 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 stronger than you think.


Clinical work:

  • New Perspectives Center for Counseling

  • Richmond Area Multi-Services

  • Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Community Institute for Psychotherapy

  • San Rafael High School

  • Senior Access

  • GLBT National Hotline

In-depth trainings:

  • 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


Education:

  • 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

Professional affiliations:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Gaylesta

  • Psychology Today

  • Good Therapy