I am a licensed clinical psychologist (license # PSY42110) in the state of California. I received my Doctorate of Psychology and my MA in Psychology from Alliant International University and my bachelor of arts in Psychology from Western Kentucky University. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at A Better Way in Berkeley, CA providing therapy, assessment, and reunification services to families and children in the foster care system. I have been practicing in-home and school-based therapy since 2007. I also completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2013.
My therapy practice is dedicated to serving children and families, tailoring the therapeutic techniques to each family, and offering parental support and tools. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy and strongly encourage a collaborative spirit between the therapist and the whole family. Sessions may take place in my San Francisco office or in the privacy of your own home. Sometimes I may recommend a mixture in-office and in-home sessions for families, depending on need and appropriateness.
Parental and Family Involvement
A necessary element when a child or teenager is participating in therapy is parental and family involvement. The amount of involvement is determined by the child's and the family's needs. Attachment style, temperament, and parent-child/family dynamics will be assessed and discussed through out the treatment process. This may include discussing the parents' own childhoods and exploration of feelings regarding parenting. Parent consultation (and sometimes sibling sessions) are also an important piece of the therapeutic process. Parents must be prepared for their own potential change and growth to take place.
Theoretical Approaches and Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Play Therapy, SandTray Therapy, Family Systems, Attachment-Based Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Goal Oriented Therapy, Yoga and Somatic Mindfulness