Brief, evidence-based psychological services for adults, adolescents, couples, and families.
Brief & Structured
Customized treatment plans to efficiently target areas of challenge and growth.
Utilizing empirically-supported psychotherapeutic modalities to effectively work towards goals.
Specialized psychological support for depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction, as well as insight, empowerment, and growth.
Symptom & Source Focused
Providing rapid symptom relief while addressing sources of suffering, such as trauma, distorted beliefs, and maladaptive coping patterns.
Utilizing diverse synergistic treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and internal family systems (IFS).
Supporting personal inquiry, recovery, and growth.
Background and training
I am a licensed psychologist, speaker, and instructor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I completed my PhD in clinical psychology at Columbia University, BA in psychology at UCLA, and clinical residency at Kaiser Psychiatry. My research examines the potential for psychological suffering to catalyze personal growth and transformation.
I offer psychological support for many things… depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, codependency, grief, social challenges, relationship problems, and major life transitions. With expertise in trauma, 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 cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and internal family systems (IFS), to support recovery across the individual, family, and community levels. These approaches collectively target the original sources and present symptoms of mental health challenges.
My practice draws from the positive psychology framework. Historically, mental health care has focused only on symptom reduction. While this is important, I also 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 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.
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