My background and training is in attachment and regulation, trauma treatment, somatics (body-based), and the intersections of our social, cultural, and political setting with individual health and wellness.
We are all impacted, though in painfully unequal ways, by the racism, xenophobia, gender and sexuality inequities, and other discriminations endemic in our society. These influences, and the intersections between them, impact every aspect of our development as individuals and as a community and larger society. I encourage exploration of this in psychotherapy as well as within our relationship.
Being from an immigrant parent and raised in a bi-cultural family, I have additional perspective and understanding of the issues related to assimilation, dislocation, and loss, and the development of a blended cultural, spiritual, and ethnic identity.
I have been providing psychotherapy to children, families, and adults since 2005. This includes over a decade of direct experience providing individual and family psychotherapy, consultation to parents and school providers, time as a clinician in a therapeutic preschool, program development and management, and clinical supervision of mental health staff and interns.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from New College of California (2006), Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies from UC Santa Cruz (2001), and post-Bachelor’s coursework in Early Childhood Education.
I am also a graduate of both the Irving B Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program and the Child Trauma Institute, and endorsed as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator.