My approach is dynamic, collaborative, empathetic, and nonjudgemental. While I include a variety of treatment approaches based on each person's needs, I practice from an evidence-based psychodynamic foundation. I am trained to hear and understand you in a way that is different from your friends and family. Speaking with someone who can listen in a new way can help you gain insight into your life and present-day problems. We can make better sense of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have been confusing, or even outside of your awareness. As we gain insight into recurring patterns that cause distress, you can begin to change those patterns.
Over the past several years I have worked with clients dealing with such issues as grief and loss (with an emphasis on prolonged and 'complicated' grief), relational difficulties, life transitions, low self-esteem, family conflict, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, alcohol and substance problems, and bipolar disorders.
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Education and Training
Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Notre Dame de Namur University
1-Year Fellowship Program, Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
2-Year Training Program, Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
1-Year Training Program, Couples Institute, Menlo Park
Trainer/Guest Speaker: San Mateo Crisis Hotline Volunteer Program’s Grief & Loss Class (recurring)
Guest Lecturer: Notre Dame de Namur University, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Class (recurring)
Facilitator/Program Developer: Becoming Unstuck: How to Recognize and Repair Unhealthy Relationship Patterns (returning Spring 2023)