I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) supporting adult individuals and couples in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the State of California. Having worked in-person prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and then adapting to telehealth during Shelter-in-Place, my experience has been that folks often reap enormous benefits from meeting with me from their chosen environments. From my perspective, the screen is not a barrier - if anything, it can be a supportive boundary that deepens therapy in a unique way.
Whereas before, clients would have to physically venture to my office, now they can meet with me from the comfort of their homes. This felt-sense of safety in one's environment is especially important when it comes to working with symptoms of anxiety and trauma, which tend to get encoded within the skin, muscle, and organ layers of the body. If unaddressed, this can lead to a person unconsciously acting out past experiences within the present, leading to one feeling disconnected, un-grounded, or somehow "different" from those around them.
I support a diverse range of clients using somatic (body-informed) psychotherapy and my approach is warm, relational, and somewhat directive. I am physically based in Marin County, in the Bay Area of California, and offer telehealth to clients throughout the state of California.
My practice is not about changing who you are, but in supporting you with growing a relationship to who you already are. Your body (you) is our best teacher and I am excited about the possibilities we can grow together.
A relationship with yourself is one that you will have for your entire life - why not make it a satisfying one?
We are often socialized to seek answers, knowledge or permission from the outside, whether that consists of a family member, an authority figure, or a value system. What possibilities are available to a person, when they practice referencing from their own experience first? For some, this might look like forming an ability to shape and maintain boundaries, or an increased sense of agency, confidence, and self-worth.
Somatic therapy is a relational modality that is informed by the body's innate intelligence and plasticity (capacity to grow and change). My approach to therapy begins with growing a relational foundation of trust, meeting the client wherever they are, and gradually incorporating body-based somatic-emotional exercises. Over time, these exercises can support a person from engaging in unconscious behaviors and patterns, to consciously exploring different possibilities that they are happier with. This method is referred to as Voluntary Muscular Effort or VME in Formative Psychology.
Couples & Relationship Therapy
Our primary and romantic relationships can greatly influence how we shape our physical and emotional selves, as well as how we show up in the world.
Relationships are some of the most rich and rewarding training grounds in which we can get to know ourselves. Exploring couples therapy does not mean one has to be "in crisis"; things can be going well, the chemistry and love are undeniable. Still, it is quite common for couples to reach a place where they want a little additional support with how they connect, how they communicate, or maybe address an event or transition they are anticipating or feeling impacted by from before. Other times, couples do seek support with a sense of urgency, usually due to some sort of threat to the relationship. Though hurt and misunderstanding can occur within human-to-human relationships, they can also support reparative experiences that lead to satisfying growth and change.
As a couples therapist, your relationship is my client, and it is my job to support you and your partner with managing the system you have built together. In my experience, what you grow together in our couples therapy work can effectively ripple out and within multiple systems, including other relationships. To support this level of systems-work, I utilize aspects of both Formative Psychology and Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) in my work with couples, both of which are somatic (body-based), experiential (learning-by-doing), and relational (real-time relating) approaches.
I reserve a number of early afternoon and early evening slots exclusively for couples. I encourage you to reach out to me so we can discuss what is showing up for you and how I can help.