I am a San Francisco-based Clinical Psychologist (PSY27926) specializing in anxiety, depression, and attachment-related struggles in kids through adults. Finding the right therapist is about the right fit. You need to feel comfortable and safe in order to do the life-changing work that will bring back that sense of joy and connection. I view each person as having a wonderfully unique set of circumstances and those are to be honored. I view each client as the expert of themselves and I am aguide. I love working with people with depression and anxiety because they tend to be such amazingly talented, driven, and caring people once the fog of the depression and anxiety dissipates and they are able to reclaim their lives.
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I am a San Francisco native and have been working with people with depression, anxiety, and attachment-related struggles since 2005. I left the Bay Area to attend the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where I earned a B.A. in Psychology. After working in the corporate environment for several years and earning a master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development, I was called back to my true passion of providing support to those in need while volunteering at Irene Swindell's Adult Day Health Program (partnership between the Institute on Aging and CPMC). I then returned to graduate school and I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University with an emphasis in Health Psychology. It has been one of the best decisions. I have worked in a variety of settings - outpatient community mental health clinics, a residential care facility for the elderly, San Mateo Medical Center, and Stanford School of Medicine - with the youngest young and the oldest old. I enjoy working with all ages. I am deeply compassionate, nonjudgmental, and very open-minded. I believe we are all inherently good. I love the work I do and am truly honored to be let into people’s lives and witness the incredible healing that is possible.
I am a life-long learner and truly enjoy honing my knowledge and craft through continued professional development. I completed the following post-graduate training/coursework including, but not limited to:
Seleni Institute Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Online Intensive Training
PSI and 2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training.
Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator Training
Gottman Emotion Coaching - The Heart of Parenting
Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents (MAP-A), an evidence-based CBT approach
Loss and Grief with Children, Youth, and Families
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Children and Adolescents
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Shyness and Social Anxiety
Clinical Training Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1
I am a member of the following professional organizations: