pond and tree with orange leavesI have over 30 years experience providing individual therapy to adults. My offices are in Oakland and on Tuesdays in San Jose, with evening appointments available. I enjoy working with people who are ending cycles of abuse, violence and neglect they dealt with as children and are coming into the realization of who they are beyond those experiences. Whether it is physical, emotional or sexual abuse, many of my clients want to stop their internal struggles of guilt, shame, and disconnection from themselves so that they can come more fully into their full capacities.

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • LBGT
  • Trauma Treatment
  • Therapy for adults who were physically, sexually or emotionally abused
  • Grief Counseling
  • Work and Career issues
  • Stress Management
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Adult Children of Mentally Ill

boat on calm waterYou may have been in talk therapy in the past and still you struggle with depression or anxiety. In a comfortable, engaged and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients that focuses on the moment to moment tracking of what is arising emotionally, physically or in your memory. I have found that many of my clients experience feelings of abandonment or aloneness. This can lead to defenses, isolation and depression. I can guide you through the fear and shame that may keep you from showing vulnerability. Psychotherapy can provide the safety for real openness and authenticity. When you feel safe to you can touch into the deeper and more resourceful parts of yourself. To the degree to which you do not have to hide how you are feeling you can experience soothing, healing and the reduction of feelings of aloneness so common to struggling with has felt overwhelming to you. In addition you can have an experience of communicating your true experiences and find that it is possible to be safe while connecting and relying on another when things are hard. In my many years of practicing psychotherapy, I have found that when the therapeutic relationship is authentic I am able to be more resourceful and creative with my clients and they in turn are able to touch into parts of themselves that are beyond their history and experience. In other words, they are able to understand and be compassionate about their past and more responsive to what is needed in the present.

arched bridge in purple forestWith the help of mindfulness you will develop the ability to pay attention to both the past and present in addition to your internal experience while staying in touch with the external experience. This capacity for dual attention allows you to explore the dynamics of your psyche and history. As they become known you have more room to witness and uncover your model of the world. This cultivated awareness and skill of witnessing (and being witnessed) is a door to your inner world, increases compassion and softens and transforms defenses. Each client has within them capacities and resources they did not know they had. The resilience and the feelings of relief, hope, strength and lightness can open you up into really valuing yourself. The openness, compassion, wisdom, generosity, kindness that can arise is a gift to witness.