My psychotherapy experience includes a wide range of issues and conditions, including anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, sexual and gender identity, parenting and step-parenting, communication issues, and relationship conflicts. I enjoyed two years of working exclusively with teens, and have developed a special interest in supporting adults of all ages in life transitions — such as entering adulthood, confronting midlife, changing careers, or ending long-term relationships.
I have a particular passion for providing support to individuals and couples through pregnancy, postpartum adjustment, and the changing roles and identities that come with creating a family. My training in empathy-based communication has been especially beneficial in helping couples to stay connected and strengthen their relationship during this time of transition.
I view therapy as a creative and collaborative process. With all of my clients, I like to seek out and share information and inspiration from wide-ranging sources, such as books, articles, websites, and workshops.
I'm also a writer and editor. See my "Editorial Services" page for information about my editing work.
Education and training
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT52088). I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2007 and my clinical training at the John F. Kennedy Community Counseling Center in Pleasant Hill. As a post-degree intern, I worked for two years at Holden High School, an alternative high school in Orinda, and for two years at Oak Creek Counseling Center in Berkeley, under the supervision of Steve Polin. I also provided therapy at Lolo Cooperative Health in Oakland for two years. I'm currently an affiliate of Kensho Center in Berkeley: www.kenshocenter.com/