I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 53242) working in private practice. I earned my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, graduating in 2008 with an emphasis in Health Psychology.
Prior to working in private practice, I worked with people suffering from chronic pain. Deeply moved personally and professionally by mind-body practices and their potential to spur profound healing, I make it a point to integrate these practices into all that I do. I hope to mindfully engage with clients and empower them to improve their own health and well-being.
My personal interests include yoga, meditation, hiking, and spending time with my cat, Tristan, and dogs, Foxy Lady and Sweet Lyla.
I believe that therapy can be as much about living more consciously and finding more wellness and joy, as it is about focusing on life's difficulties. I offer support for those who are seeking to bring greater levels of fulfillment and meaning into their lives.
As a therapist, I place a high value on the relationship between client and myself, and genuinely enjoy the process of counseling others. The people I work with find me to be a good listener who is personally engaging, compassionate, and authentic. I believe honest, meaningful conversations are an important step toward healing.
My therapy, while grounded in a humanistic/existential approach also draws strongly from a contemplative, mindfulness-approach. Mindfulness emphasizes the importance of opening oneself to the present moment in a kind, curious, non-judgmental way. I believe mindfulness provides us with a doorway to genuine healing and change.
I offer a gentle and supportive approach for people with challenging life issues. These include anxiety, depression, and difficulties stemming from life transitions like marriage, divorce, and death. I also work with couples to help them communicate more openly and constructively with one another.
In August 2016, I joyfully completed a 24-week pilot training program with my Bernese Mountain Dog, Sweet Lyla to become a Certified Therapy Dog Team. I have enjoyed integrating Canine-Assisted Therapy in my work with clients.
I enjoy helping clients with stress and anxiety management, grief and loss, challenges related to illness and aging, chronic pain management, and substance abuse and addiction.
I also teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes. Please click the link below for more information.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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