I am licensed in California as Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC51116), and I have been practicing psychotherapy since 2004. I graduated from New College of California with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, which had an emphasis on feminist thought, critical theory, & social justice. I completed a three year, Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Training program at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, and I have experience working in a variety of clinic and school settings, as outlined below. I have undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish. I am also a Certified Yoga Teacher, having completed a 200 hour training intensive at The Mindful Body in San Francisco.
I believe that various people’s experiences are often shaped by oppressive systems and narrow, but HIGH expectations, that keep their true selves out of reach, thereby causing deep pain, shame, and trauma. These wounds can be covered over, denied, projected, and re-enacted. I frequently seek professional development opportunities in my field & across disciplines, and regularly engage in consultation with respected colleagues. These endeavors sharpen the clarity of the socio-cultural lens through which I aim to practice and help me to stay curious about the ways that I can improve, deepen, and stay creative in my work with people.
I have a special interest in helping people awaken to things like oppression & whiteness. I like to help people understand the impact of these things on our bodies/minds/hearts, the attachments we might have to them, how they’re perpetuated, and discover the ways we can wrestle with letting them go. I work well with people who are looking to heal relationships with people in their communities, at work, and home. Whether you are someone coming from a marginalized place, someone with a lot of privilege, or someone who is questioning a need to make a major transition in your life, I welcome your call.
Below is an abbreviated list of my work, training, and ongoing affiliations:
- School Counselor, University High School, SF
- 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher, The Mindful Body, San Francisco
- Healing from Internalized Whiteness w/Sandra Kim
- Therapist and Intake Clinician, Edgewood Center for Children & Families, SF
- Graduate & Member of The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI)
- Supervisor, CSPP @ Alliant International University
- Member: American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 for Psychoanalysis & Section 9: Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility
- Reflective Spaces, Material Places
- Member, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
- Former Intern, San Francisco Dept. of Public Health @ SE Child & Family Center
- Facing Race Conference, 2016, Atlanta GA
- Othering & Belonging Conference, 2015 and 2017, Oakland, CA