About Me...

A native of the Bay Area, I have worked in the field of social work and psychotherapy since 1998.

I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and my Masters of Science in psychology at San Francisco State University. I continued my studies for three additional years of post-graduate training at the Women’s Therapy Center (WTC). WTC is an in-depth training program that focuses on clinical work within a socially conscious, Relational-Analytic framework. In 2003 I joined the Board of Directors and was Chair of the Board from 2007 to 2008.

Aside from my private practice, I am also a clinical social worker and consultant in non-profit agencies around the Bay Area, working with communities and families coping with multiple stressors such as poverty, oppression, and violence.

In 2006, I began to utilize Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as a way to integrate my years of study and practice of meditation and yoga into my professional life. MBSR was developed more than 20 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Working with the concept of mindfulness has become integral to how I work as a psychotherapist;it helps to create a spaciousness within the room, allowing for deeper listening and permission to explore. I completed the second phase of certification to become an MBSR instructor through UMass Medical, and have now taught at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, Community Centers, and to individuals in my private practice.