About me: I am trained in a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities and my approach is based on a solid foundation of clinical theory and research. I provide therapy tailored to the unique needs of the individual and am flexible and compassionate in how I work with my patients.My practice of psychotherapy is informed by contemporary neuroscientific and applied clinical research; biopsychosocial, cultural, and gender factors; and the value placed on maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance with my patients.
Often, when we have difficulties with life, hard emotions, or relationships, they can be traced to previous experiences that have left a strong impression on us. We carry them with us both in ways that we are aware of and that we are unaware of, and they can cause us to experience the world as painful and behave in ways that work against our own best interests and well-being. I provide a safe, supportive environment in which patients can talk about their feelings and experiences, both past and present. We engage in a collaborative process that allows for investigation into why patients feel the way they do and what factors have influenced their development into who they are and how they experience life. In doing so, they are often able to feel better about themselves, their relationships, and their place in the world.
My training: I attended doctoral training at the California School of Professional Psychology, and am at present a Registered Psychological Assistant completing my requirements for licensure supervised by Dr. Diane Deutsch. I have over six years of clinical experience and have worked with a wide variety of people from many diverse backgrounds at these sites in the Bay Area:
VA Medical Center-Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic (Provided individual and group therapy to Veterans coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse, psychosis, and health issues)
HealthRight360 (Provided individual and group therapy to culturally-diverse, dual diagnosis clients in a forensic setting)
Richmond Area Multi Services (RAMS) (Provided individual therapy to culturally-diverse clients with a range of mental health issues in a community-based mental health clinic)
Jung Institute (Provided long-term, depth-oriented therapy to a diverse population of clients with a range of mental health issues)
I have an avid interest in empiricism and the way statistics/research methodologies have had an impact on contemporary developments in the field of psychology. I’ve conducted research focusing on statistical literacy amongst clinical psychologists and am excited by the idea of doing presentations in the community and teaching engagements for mental health professionals.