I have helped children and adults as they have learned to manage very difficult times in their lives such as identifying and developing additional skills for managing stress and sadness; shaping a more satisfying, meaningful life; and learning how to cope with difficult life events such as loss of a loved one or job and incarceration. I have worked with couples and families as they managed conflict and repaired damaged relationships. I have coached parents and children on how to more effectively communicate with each other while reducing conflict between them. I have worked with people as they forged their identity based on awareness of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Finally, I have worked with people who have needed to better manage their anger. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and identify your best approach to address the problems that you have identified. While we can’t change difficult events or situations of our past, we can work together to help you better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
I am eclectic in my approach to therapy, although I am grounded in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Family Systems. Starting with evidence-based practices, we will work together to identify long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be impacting your relationships or holding you back from a satisfying life. To help you, I draw upon my training as a psychologist, health educator, and organizational development and change/leadership development consultant. Many of my clients have told me that they enjoyed working with me as I use everyday language, am approachable and direct, and have a sense of humor.
I earned my Doctorate in Organizational Psychology in 2000 from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and a Doctoral Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Psychology from CSPP in 2006. I hold a Masters in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelors of Science in Health Education from University of Lowell. I completed additional training as a psychologist with the San Mateo County Department of Mental Health-North County Mental Health Program in Daly City, CA and the Psychological Services Center in Oakland, CA. In addition to the private practice that I had in San Francisco for several years, I worked in the California Prison system at San Quentin State Prison and Salinas Valley State Prison. In addition, I have worked in corporations, nonprofit organizations, and in government agencies such as NASA.
Finally, I am a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.