About Me

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I am a licensed psychologist (PSY28354) in Santa Rosa, California. I received my masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles and my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan in Venice, CA.  I attended internships at The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC) in Beverly Hills, CA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA as a supervisor for Teen Line, a program that provides crisis intervention and prevention, peer counseling, and referrals specifically for adolescents ages 12 to 19.  In 2014, I earned the Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). Formerly, I spent over 15 years working in the television industry.  From this I gained a sensitivity and deep understanding of the experiences and challenges that professionals struggling to form, excel, and maintain their careers in an often complex and high stress environment. I also provide psychological consultation to entertainment organizations, including  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

With a background and therapeutic approach centered in relational psychoanalytic therapy, I work with individual adults, couples, teens, and groups.  A central tenant of relational psychoanalytic therapy is that our difficulties emerge as a result of our complex relational history with significant people in our development. It is a more collaborative process as compared to the more hierarchical structure between doctor and patient found in traditional treatment. In relational psychoanalytic therapy, we will explore and illuminate the parts of your history that are inhibiting or impairing your current functioning. In other words, we will uncover how the past is currently affecting your present.

My practice includes working with the LGBTQ+ community and particularly those who identify as transgender, gender expansive, or nonconforming.  A primary focus of mine is establishing a safe space to deeply explore and affirm the client’s core gender and/or sexual identity and expression, which for some can feel like a continually evolving process.  I currently work with those who are in various stages of transitioning and offer consultation to clinicians serving TGNC clients.

As a couples therapist, I work toward a full understanding of each person’s feelings and experience in being with their partner.  I help each to communicate their feelings and experience in new and constructive ways.  I also work to illuminate how each person’s relational history shapes how we think, feel, and behave in our current relationship.  The result of this work is that each person gains a new and more comprehensive understanding of their partner.  Individuals who feel understood, validated and respected in their relationship are in position to learn and grow with their partners.  This leads to a deeper and more vitalized engagement with one another, curiosity, playfulness, and passion.

 

Free introductory consultation:
(707) 385-1681