you’ve already taken the first step…
It takes a lot of courage to admit, even to yourself, that it may be a good idea to talk to someone about whatever is currently going on in your life.
Every life has its ups and downs. Maybe you aspire to achieve more balance in your life, to have more harmonious family and personal relationships, and to experience greater personal fulfillment. Or perhaps you are on a journey to find more meaning and to understand life’s mysteries.
You don’t have to struggle to figure out all the complexities of life on your own. I can help you develop insight and wisdom and teach you tools that can lead to lasting change.
a safe and nonjudgmental process
In a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere, we will achieve tangible progress in your psychological and overall well-being. We will talk about your issues or challenges and work through them while learning to modify or change some behaviors. I am happy to say that many clients who have worked with me over a period of time have reported greater self esteem, improved personal relationships and reduced stress and depression.
My commitment to you as a professional psychologist is to help you evolve towards a happier, healthier balance in your life. I am a good listener, and work hard to understand you and your life story. I encourage you to take the next step, and contact me even if you just want to ask a few questions about therapy and how it all works.
issues we can address
I work with Adult Individuals (18 and older) and Couples in private confidential sessions with a focus on the following issues:
(emotional, physical, sexual and pertaining to domestic violence)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Life Transitions
- Adjustment Issues
- Relationship Issues
(pertaining to individuals and couples)
- Creative Blocks
thinking about medication?
Although I do not prescribe psychiatric medication, I have a strong working knowledge of them and work closely with prescribing physicians such as psychiatrists as part of coordinating treatment.
a true collaboration
My approach is holistic and pragmatic. My training draws from aspects of psychodynamic and humanistic theories, family systems, narrative/social justice, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I do not believe in being a one way ‘mirror.’ I try and keep our sessions real and interactive, a true collaboration.
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology, and have been providing psychological services for over 14 years. I am licensed in the state of California and a member of the American Psychological Association. I also have been elected to serve as a Board of Trustees member of The Wright Institute in Berkeley. In addition to private practice, I have worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, college counseling centers, and mental health clinics. I also supervise doctoral students in psychology.
finding the extraordinary
in the ordinary
The breadth of my life and work experience has enabled me to connect with clients from varied backgrounds facing a range of issues. I grew up in a number of different countries, and come from a family that has a commitment to social and animal welfare causes.
I have worked with a diverse set of clients who self identify anywhere from ‘different’ to ‘mainstream.’ My clients have spanned the gamut on how they identify their sexual orientations and also how they identify their socio-economic status. Frankly, it is an ongoing privilege to work with my clients in an effort to enhance their life’s quality. I find the extraordinary in the ordinary and help clients, if they so choose, find this aspect in themselves.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Whether you email or call me, the next step will be an initial phone consultation (free of charge) as a way to determine if a face-to-face appointment is appropriate. I really hope you take this first step in contacting me because even if we decide not to work with each other, a conversation about what you are trying to improve in your life can provide both insight and comfort.
After this conversation, if we do decide to work together, then our initial meeting (called an intake) will last 80 minutes. After the intake, we will work together in weekly 50 minute sessions to address your concerns, modifying our interactions and plans when necessary.