I believe strongly in the human potential for growth and change especially during times of difficulty and personal crisis. I believe that every problem presents us with an opportunity, as we often resist that which we need to learn most. My intention for you is to gently but dynamically create opportunities for growth and healing through flexible and creative alternatives to break through old patterns.
I like to collaborate with motivated clients who are actively seeking to change their lives. My goal is to help you discover your own solutions to your problems and concerns in an environment that is welcoming, empathetic and non-judgmental. I do that by carefully attending to your thoughts and feelings. Although I will offer specific "interventions" I believe that change occurs during therapy when there is strong motivation combined with the quality of our connection.
I include a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what would be most helpful for you. With sensitivity and compassion, I enable you to build upon your strengths and to identify and achieve your life goals.
I include a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what would be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, I enable individuals to build upon their strengths and to identify and achieve life goals.
I have been trained and use as my tools — Attachment Theory, Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Cognitive/Behavioral Theory, Group Dynamics, Systems Theory, Narrative Improvisation Theory, Solution — Focused Brief Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology. I am strongly influenced by the theories of Carl Jung.
My Specialties Include: Positive Aging, Senior Life Transitions, Families: Adoption/Divorce/Blended Families, Adult Adoptee/Birth Parent Reunification, Pre-Marital Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Crisis Intervention and Stabilization, Substance Abuse, Individual and Group Drama Therapy, Facilitative Mediation, EMDR, and NonViolent Communication.
- B.A — Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco CA
- M.A — Counseling Psychology/Drama Therapy, the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
I have 11 years experience working in a wide variety of settings which include Private Practice, Seniors, Children with Special Needs, Dual Diagnosis, Adult Day Treatment, Hospital Sub-Acute Ward, Crisis, (EAPs, Universities, Retirement Communities, Children's Services, Community Mental Health) Teen Mothers, Parent/Child Reunification and Correctional Settings.
- AAMFT — American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- NADTA — North American Drama Therapy Association
- AMHA — American Mental Health Alliance, Oregon
- APS — American Psychological Science