During college, I volunteered at a rape crisis center and witnessed the healing power of the client-counselor relationship. I simultaneously found passion in community psychology. I organized sexual violence prevention trainings at my university and volunteered with community agencies addressing child abuse. These combined interests led me to complete my doctorate in clinical-community psychology, where I was trained as a clinical generalist to work with a wide range of concerns and populations. Along with my private practice, I am currently the Assistant Director of Outreach and Staff Psychologist at University of San Francisco Counseling and Psychological Services, where I supervise psychologists-in-training.
How I Work
I don’t believe that therapy has a one-size-fits-all approach. I start with getting to know you, including your history, symptoms, and current needs. We will work collaboratively in identifying your therapy goals and regularly check-in and reassess, as goals can often change or expand with time. I look forward to receiving feedback from you throughout the course of therapy, so that we can make adjustments as needed. My clients tend to describe me as warm, non-judgmental, and supportive.
My psychotherapy approach is integrative. I draw from a variety of evidence-based therapies to find the best fit for you:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines a person-centered approach with mindfulness and skills for behavioral change. A DBT approach means that I aim to understand and meet my clients where they’re at, while simultaneously addressing desires to change and grow. I have years of training and experience in providing DBT in individual and group therapy formats and currently supervise and train therapists in using this modality.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a well researched therapy that has proven to be effective for a variety of concerns, including anxiety and depression. CBT helps you identify and address unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs, which can then lead you to change your actions and improve your emotions.
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of CBT developed to treat PTSD. CPT helps reduce PTSD symptoms and allows you to understand the trauma and its impact in new ways. CPT is a “gold-standard” for PTSD treatment.
- Attachment-Based Therapy is based on attachment theory research and is used to help clients learn how their early childhood experiences are impacting present-day relationships (with family, parents, children, partners, etc.). Through gaining insight into your interpersonal patterns, you can start engaging in a new way that improves your relationship with yourself and others.
I also integrate culturally sensitive and feminist therapy approaches into psychotherapy, as I believe that our mental health and well-being are greatly impacted by the ways our unique identities interact with the systems we engage in. A personal and professional value of mine is cultural humility and social justice.
Training and Experience
Licensed Psychologist, California Board of Psychology (#29470)
National Register Health Service Psychologist (#55758)
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical-Community Psychology, University of La Verne
Master of Science in Psychology, University of La Verne
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, San Francisco State University
University of San Francisco, Counseling & Psychological Services
University of California, Santa Cruz, Counseling & Psychological Services
San Jose State University, Counseling & Psychological Services
Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center
University of La Verne, Counseling & Psychological Services