My journey toward being a therapist began with my racially mixed family. A strong focus on community and being of service to others was instilled in me by my parents and grandparents from an early age. This service took the form working in environmental and social justice non-profits for 15 years. I discovered that while I appreciated work that had national or global importance, what I found most inspiring was working for change one on one.
I hold a Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition to my private practice, I have also worked providing counseling to high school students through the Wellness Center at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and Academy of Arts and Sciences . My professional orientation is primarily psychodynamic and relational, as well as influences from attachment-based theory, social justice, and LGBT perspectives.
Outside of my work, I am inspired by nature, animals, art, and literature. I continue to work with mentors and teachers who have supported me in becoming the therapist and person that I am today. As a therapy client myself, I can appreciate the deep vulnerability and connection that can arise in this special relationship. I strive to treat my own clients with respect, compassion, and curiosity much as I have received along my own path of healing and growth.