I received my master of science degree in counseling with a concentration in marriage, family, and child counseling, from San Francisco State University (SFSU).
After graduating from SFSU, I completed a two-year, intensive psychodynamically informed training program at Ann Martin Center (AMC) in Emeryville. At AMC, I worked with children, teens, parents, caregivers, and
young adults while participating in seminars centered on the work. Prior to that, I counseled children in a private school setting for the University of San Francisco's Center for Child and Family Development, provided psychotherapy to adults in San Francisco who were formerly homeless, and volunteered and trained volunteers on the crisis hotline at Crisis Support Services.
I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), including its East Bay chapter (EBCAMFT). I am also a member of Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
on a personal note
I am a parent, a former legislative research librarian, animal lover, and once-aspiring vegetarian chef (now a happy home cook with well-honed culinary skills). My own childhood and adolescence came with struggles, as did the early days of parenthood. I come to this work with an accepting, open mind and a lived knowledge of the ways the past influences how we experience the present—and how, by making this influence conscious and finding a way toward self-acceptance, we can integrate our experiences and feel whole and more connected.