I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in private practice with over twelve years of experience in the field of counseling. I specialize in working with adults – individually and with couples – who are experiencing a sense of being overwhelmed by intense emotions or emotionally charged situations in their life, or who alternatively feel cut off from their feelings, and who may be struggling to relate to important others around them.
In addition to hearing your personal story and circumstances and doing any problem solving or crisis management that my be called for, the initial focus of my work with individuals is frequently through the development of mindfulness skills. Practicing mindfulness involves strengthening the habit of being aware of the constant flow of your thoughts and feelings, and being more able to choose how you respond to them.
My work often involves the desensitization of traumatic memories, whether experienced in early life or adulthood, as a way of resolving the pain and upsetting feelings that can linger above or below the surface of awareness years or a lifetime later. Using EMDR techniques these experiences can be resolved without needing to be relived.
In working with couples I use Gottman Method of couples counseling, an approach thoroughly grounded in the research of how successful relationships work. This approach focuses on strengthening what works well in your relationship while helping you make adjustments in the aspects that aren’t working so well.
I am also a trained Career Counselor, and offer coaching and guidance for those who are considering a change in their work life or in their work/life balance.
Education, License, Certifications, and Additional Training
I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I also hold an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
I received my certificate in basic EMDR practice from JFK University, and have continued to pursue advanced training in EMDR through the EMDR Institute.
My training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is through the Gottman Institute, Levels I and II.
I trained in Career Counseling through Alliant International University’s offerings for candidates pursuing LPCC licensure.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #1151, California
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #61998, California