I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker with a private practice of psychotherapy in Oakland and San Jose for 30 years. I specialize in individual therapy with adults. Over half of the people I see are people of color or a sexual minority.
I am a graduate of UC Berkeley and specialize in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, women’s issues, losses, post-traumatic stress, ACAs, co-dependency and LBGT concerns. No matter what my client’s present with my interest remains in who they are underneath the defenses and difficulties they face. I have had a lifelong interest in exploring resilience and the potential for becoming strong, wise. I believe in all of us having a capacity for post traumatic growth.
I am interactive, experiential and dynamic therapist who integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, openness and emotional engagement I work with each individual to support them in living from their strengths, self-confidence and their unique capacities. I integrate somatic techniques as well as neurologically based techniques (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR) that are extremely effective. In addition, have had additional training with the use of mindfulness, attachment therapy (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy AEDP), and somatic treatments (Sensorimotor Therapy and Hakomi). Being a psychotherapist is a calling for me. By the time I was 26 I was licensed and had degrees in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Social Welfare. In my pre-licensed years I did psychological research, worked in a psychiatric hospital, worked with survivors of domestic violence, rape and other woman’s issues and did outpatient psychotherapy in clinical settings. I went into full-time private practice in 1987.
I continually work on my own development, both personally and professionally. It has been my experience that my capacity to assist my clients expands as I have greater understanding, acceptance and personal development. I have been in a spiritual practice (Diamondheart/Ridhwan) which integrates Western psychology with Eastern Philosophy and Meditation practices for over 15 years. I have also studied the Enneagram, an ancient system of understanding personality structures.