You've been looking for a therapist and can't decide who is the right fit. How do you figure out which person to choose when everyone claims to be warm, empathetic, and ready to meet you out beyond the field of right and wrongdoing? (Thanks a lot, Rumi!)
If you're skeptical about therapy, good. You should be. You have good reasons not to trust someone (especially a stranger) with the most vulnerable parts of yourself.
Therapy is a challenging process. It takes time to build the trust necessary to do this work of self-exploration and growth.
I will be there for however long it takes.
I was described by a former supervisor as one of the "most patient therapists" she's ever met. I can sit with people through their process, through their pain, and I promise I will never be uncomfortable with your silence.
What else can I say about me?
I know how hard it is to choose a therapist, or to talk to anybody about anything at all.
Growing up in San Francisco in a second-generation San Francisco garbage man family, trusting others was not something I learned to do. Mostly, the idea was abhorrent. My first experiences in therapy did little to change my mind. (For more, click on the Writing tab to read my essay, Dumb Things Therapists Have Said to Me.)
In college, I discovered radical mental health through our local chapter of The Icarus Project. We were a support group for people who rejected the idea that our suffering meant we had a mental disorder. We sought to create a new culture and language around mental health. This is when I first became interested in the transformative power of trusting others and began to believe in healing relationships.
Although I did years of mental health peer support, I went on to graduate school to better learn how to listen.
I believe that the healing powers of a therapeutic relationship can change people because they have changed me.
In addition to my private practice, I work with teenagers in a public high school.
For five years, I was the program coordinator of a summer program for youth from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in the mental health profession. I have a wide array of experience working with diverse clients, many of whom don't know what therapy is and don't know if they even want to be there. I love working with the rebellious and/or skeptical adolescent of any age.
I also teach Masters-level graduate students as an adjunct professor at CIIS. My current classes: Human Development, Psychopathology, and Psychodynamics. I teach from a multi-dimensional approach that includes psychodynamic formations, multicultural perspectives, and always a radical critique.
My work integrates my background in radical mental health with an interest in psychodynamic theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and multicultural praxis.
In my free time, I am working on a Freudian stand-up comedy routine. It's easy. All you have to do is mention Freud and everyone laughs at you.
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, CIIS
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College
Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, SF-CP
Completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and SF-CAMFT
Pre-Licensed Committee, Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
Multi-Year, Non-Committal Seminar Taker at the Bay Area Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis, including but also moving beyond Lacan
Radical mental health and alternatives to the DSM
Literature, especially as an analogue to therapy