Psychotherapy isn't about fixing people; it's about creating space in which individuals can feel fully seen and heard. This, in turn, provides an environment for change, and can lead to a more fulfilling life.
I work with kids ages 5-14 (including parent(s)/guardian(s), if young kids) and individual adults
Common concerns I address:
family of origin challenges
reconnecting with/healing the inner child
examining and healing unhelpful attachment patterns
living with family illness, grief, and loss
girls' transition to puberty
navigating friendships in grade/middle school
transitions - new relationships, new parents, new jobs
perinatal mood and anxiety struggles
sandwich generation caregivers (simultaneoulsy caring for your aging parents and children)
parenting challenges - learning how to adjust your parenting style to best meet the needs of your child(ren).
helping kids understand and make use of their big emotions in helpful ways
For New Clients Whether you are new to therapy or if you have experienced therapy in the past, it can sometimes be a little scary getting started with a new therapist. My approach is to provide a safe, trusting, and confidential space to clarify your concerns, find meaning from your past, and make life-affirming choices for your future.
Free 15-minute initial phone consultation: Please book online, email or call me at (415) 935-3827 to set up a consultation. When we speak, please give me a general idea about the problems for which you are seeking help. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get a sense of how we might work together. At that time we can decide whether to schedule an appointment at the office to further discuss your goals and concerns and find the optimal course to meet your needs.
Initial appointment: The first appointment is usually different from subsequent appointments. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for me to learn more about you and many other areas of your life including your background, relationships, medical history, family history, past therapy experiences, and any spiritual or religious beliefs. The initial appointment is generally 90 minutes, which is longer than subsequent appointments. Subsequent sessions are generally 50 minutes.
Frequency of sessions: How often we meet depends on many factors. Generally, appointments are once a week. Sessions may be more or less frequent depending on the intensity and severity of the current problem, progress made, scheduling, and other factors.
Probable length of therapy: For some clients just a few sessions are needed and for others, longer-term, depth therapy is warranted. The duration will depend on several factors including: the severity and complexity of the problem, how recent problems developed, the quantity and quality of social support outside of our meetings, and your motivation to engage in therapeutic activities inside and outside of sessions. If you have concerns regarding the length of therapy or if you have specific goals, please discuss them with me and together we can strategize a plan to meet your needs.