Originally from the East Coast, I studied psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I was inducted into the National Honor Society in Psychology. I then moved to Berkeley, California, to receive a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2001. Over the course of my career, I've provided services in a variety
of settings including outpatient psychotherapy clinics (for adults, couples, and families), inpatient
psychiatric hospitals (for acute care of adolescents, adults, and
geriatric patients), as well as, outpatient substance abuse recovery programs. In addition to my work with patients, I provide
supervision and consultation for other psychotherapists and psychologists in training.
My style is best described as warm and engaging, and I often hear patients say, "My previous therapist didn't say much or give me helpful feedback." I consider therapy an artful and collaborative opportunity help you have a different experience of yourself and your relationships. Psychotherapy requires a willingness to reflect on yourself, take risks, and doesn't always feel great. However, I promise to remain passionate and creative about our work together, and to create a safe place for you to discover your authentic self.
How do I work with patients? This depends largely on your goals, however, I draw from many different theoretical orientations to achieve the goals we'll agree to. Broadly speaking, I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy in conjunction with evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Although I do not prescribe medication, I have a strong working knowledge of psychiatric medications and consult regularly with psychiatrists and other treating professionals to coordinate care. I welcome any further questions about how I may approach working with your particular concerns.