I help people who long to live with ease, but feel suffocated…
…worried they’ll never get “saved” from living with lingering dread. From my own path, I understand how constant feelings of deprivation and never-ending hard work can limit access to a more interesting and fulfilling life. I specialize in moving clients from feeling frozen toward getting in touch with their own wants and needs. I want to help you shift from “Why can’t I get comfortable in relationships and trust in the future?” to “Ohhhh, wow. Damn. Yep, this is how I am getting in my own way.”
In my office, my clients depend on me to keep it real with them and use my truth in service to their healing. We stay focused on your current goals because therapy should be relevant to what you want to change right now. We laugh where we can, finding humor as medicine, even in dark moments. We’ll find out that small opportunities for growth in life turn out to be the brave turning points.
I believe this therapy can bring ease in life by recapturing what was lost, or perhaps finding what was never given to you to begin with. To know if I am the professional to guide you, call or email me for a consultation.
When I am not plumbing the depths of human experience, my fun times are petting ALL the animals that will let me, listening to hip-hop, and eating dark chocolate. I dance with a little too much abandon. I try to remember to stretch.
My clinical theoretical orientation is psychodynamic – a blend of Object Relations, Jungian, and somatic approaches. For folks who want to know if I am a cognitive-behavioral therapist (CBT), I use behavioral interventions with clients all the time. That’s just not my main framework for conceptualizing your therapy. For couples therapy, I draw from attachment and differentiation theories. I obtained my MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. In addition to couples and individuals/teens in private practice, my clinical experience has been with elders in a residential setting, low income children in schools, and teens and their families in the juvenile justice/probation system.

Professional Memberships:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (State and SF Chapters)
  • Bay Area Open Minds – Board Member (2019-present)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) professional member, non-certified
  • National Coalition for Sexual Freedom – Kink Aware Professional
  • Gaylesta, the Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity​
  • Asian Mental Health Collective
  • South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network (SAMHIN)

Certifications and Trainings:

  • Developmental Model Training for Couples Therapy: Level 1 and 2 (2018-2020)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy: Level 1 (2019)
  • Case Consultation year-long at C.G. Jung Institute of SF (2017-2018)
  • Brief trainings with the following: EFT, Hakomi Method, AEDP, Esther Perel, Relational Life Institute (Terry Real), Institute of Relational Intimacy
  • Ongoing senior and peer therapist consultations
“We live in a rainbow of chaos.” – Paul Cezanne

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