About Me

Wisdom cannot come from a book, nor can it come from staying away from what is difficult.

The training I received, first at Stanford as an undergraduate in psychology and then at UC Berkeley, where I earned my Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, helped me hone my thinking mind. I learned to be a scientist. More specifically, I learned how very complex the truth is, and the way in which good research often leaves us with many questions and few answers. This knowledge helps me in my work with clients because it reminds me to go slowly when coming to conclusions, and to listen carefully for the layers upon layers of complexity.

Skillful therapy requires both thinking and being on the part of the therapist; in many ways, developing my being has been more challenging than developing my thinking. Being takes courage. Surrendering to what is and trusting that staying with it is a good idea, is a radical choice. I am very lucky to have met teachers, in the way of therapists and meditation teachers, who have inspired and encouraged my willingness.

I love this work. It’s an honor to sit beside my clients while they look below their masks, and it’s an inspiration. To be of service, I too have to keep growing, learning, and practicing in my own life. What an awesome adventure.

Who I See

I see adult individuals and couples.

Moving Forward

Finding the right therapist for you may take some persistence.  I encourage you to keep searching until you find someone that feels like a good fit. When I meet with a new client, I consider the first few sessions to be a trial period, a time for us to figure out if I am the best person to help you.

If you would like more information, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment, either in person or via telemedicine, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 415-336-5343. I am licensed to see clients in California and Virginia.