Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Integral Psychology Emphasis – California Institute for Human Science, 2017
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis – University of San Francisco, 2011
B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Philosophy – University of the Pacific, 2003
I am fortunate to have a wide array of experience in various mental health treatment settings. This includes delivering comprehensive school-based mental health services for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families, as well as providing individual, group and family therapy for teens in residential treatment. I have served at-risk populations within community-based agency settings, and also spent time working with the severely mentally disordered homeless population. I have significant case management experience, have developed and implemented therapeutic programs, offered training and consultation for teachers and paraprofessionals and have been a service-driven team member in all ways and forms. I also run a small, successful private practice. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned along the way.
I have assessed and treated a tremendous range of mental health disorders including mood disorders (such as bipolar disorder and major depression), thought disorders (psychotic disorders), anxiety of all types, trauma and related disorders, severe behavioral problems in children and adolescents, substance abuse disorders, and of course the relational problems which are often part and parcel of significant mental health disorders. Working with families has been and continues to be a specialty; we know that the impact of severe mental health challenges stretches beyond just the individual. Couples are a specific population with whom I enjoy working, with the full understanding that relationships comprise the most challenging classrooms of our lives.
I offer a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for all people, irrespective of race, gender identity, sexual orientation or relationship style. I also have significant experience and knowledge working with issues related to spiritual crisis or emergencies, helping people to acclimate to new ways of being as a result of engagement in genuine spiritual or contemplative practices.
Though I have worked with many, many people one thing is always the same: no matter the diagnosis, problem or issue, people respond best to kindness, gentleness, nonjudgment, humor and professionalism. It is my heartfelt wish to bring these elements to every encounter I have with clients.
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