Promoting positive change and healing in individuals, families, and society as whole has always been a central focus of my life. I have been involved in mental health, social services, and social science research since 2005.
I believe that every human being is entitled to have their basic needs met and to be treated with dignity no matter who they are. The fact that our current societal systems do not facilitate this is the reason for a great deal of suffering around the world. Understanding the larger contexts that contribute to poor mental health outcomes and speaking truth to power are both important parts of being a mental health professional. I have always fiercely advocated for the most marginalized communities during my career, and will bring a lens of anti-racism, social justice, and intersectionality to our therapy or supervision. I live and work uninvited on Lisjan (Ohlone) land. Please consider contributing a Shuumi Land Tax if you do too: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/shuumi-land-tax/
I have experience in a number of settings including psychiatric hospitals, schools, residential treatment facilities, correctional facilities, and community based work.
I was born in Berkeley, California and I have lived the majority of my life in the Bay Area. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and was involved in research exploring cognition and child development. I completed my M.A. in counseling psychology from the Wright Institute and pursued clinical work in the field of community mental health ever since. I have advanced training in mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
In my free time I love to listen to and make music, play table top and video games, and annoy my loving partner and child. I also enjoy traveling, hiking with my dog, strength training, and basketball (Go Dubs!). I believe having a diverse array of interests and activities that promote a healthy body and personal fulfillment are important for holistic health and wellness!