My areas of specialization include: Relationship Issues (communication skills, dating, pre-marital counseling, divorce, blended families, infidelity); Grief & Loss; Addiction, Recovery & Codependence; Anxiety & Depression.
Some clients come to work with me on a short-term basis, to get help with specific problems or symptoms, to learn how to cope with unexpected stressors, and/or move through difficult life events.
Other clients prefer to use their therapy to engage deeply on a longer-term basis, to have the full attention of an unbiased professional who can help them achieve new insights. In this way, therapy can be viewed as a “practice” (or process) of introspection — just as going to yoga, the gym, or church or temple on a regular basis enhances your overall well being and improves your quality of life.
Either way, my priority is to create a relationship based on safety, trust and a mutual understanding of what you’d like to accomplish by coming to therapy. I work actively and collaboratively to help you define your therapy goals and to make sure we’re on track and you’re getting what you came for.
My Approach is warm, compassionate and direct, meaning I am a nice combination of Northern California “soft” and New York “hard.” My clients experience me as accepting and empathic, while also feeling challenged just the right amount to grow and change.
My Philosophy is that we are all “perfectly imperfect.” So many people struggle to accept their inherent imperfections, their humanity. In my life, as a therapist and as a human being, I work to embrace my strengths as well as my imperfections, and I encourage my clients to do the same.