Supporting personal inquiry, recovery, and growth.
I offer psychological support for depression, anxiety, addiction, codependency, trauma, grief, relationship problems, and major life transitions. With expertise in addiction and codependency, I provide treatment for chemical dependency, behavioral addiction, and related psychological and interpersonal challenges in adults, adolescents, couples, and families.
My strengths-based approach integrates positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and structural family therapy (SFT), to support recovery on the individual, family, and communal levels. Historically, psychology has focused only on symptom reduction. While this is important, I also work to utilize our unique personal strengths and insights to alleviate suffering and support human flourishing. As an educator, I strive to reduce psychological stigma and believe that a successful recovery examines the genetic, developmental, interpersonal, intergenerational, and cultural roots of our mental health.
Depression, anxiety, and addiction often develop as ineffective means of coping with psychological, existential, and interpersonal difficulties. Since we all experience these challenges, we all carry risk for developing maladaptive coping mechanisms. That risk can be elevated by heredity, trauma, family dysfunction, mental health factors, and sociocultural stressors, thus these factors must be addressed to support effective treatment.
I am a licensed psychologist, speaker, and instructor based in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. I completed my PhD in clinical psychology at Columbia University, BA in psychology at UCLA, and my post-doctoral clinical residency at Kaiser Psychiatry here in the Bay Area. My research examines the potential for psychological suffering to catalyze personal growth and transformation.
Areas of Practice
I provide weekly or biweekly therapy to adults and adolescents seeking recovery, psychological stability, personal insight, growth, and support through major life transitions.
My work with couples supports shared growth, and aims to strengthen communication, resolve conflict, renew connection, rebuild trust, enliven intimacy, and navigate relationship transitions.
My work with families supports collective healing, through effective communication, safe boundaries, conflict resolution, mending old wounds, and shifting dysfunctional patterns