How do you work?
I offer an attachment focused, body centered, and mindfulness based approach to psychotherapy, which allows for powerful, lasting inner shifts in the patterns and self limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. Although insight into your patterns is important and may be our first step, simply telling your 'story' is not always enough. To learn more about what therapy sessions with me will actually be like check out my How I Work page.
What type of experience do you have?
I'm a licensed MFT #80125 in the State of California. I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
I'm committed to continued growth, both in my professional and personal life, to be the best therapist I can be. Professionally, I'm trained in EMDR and Hakomi, and regularly consult with psychodynamic and somatic therapists.
It's important to me to stay grounded and nurture myself too. I've been practicing mindfulness for more than 15 years and am usually engaged in some type of personal growth work, including my own therapy, nature based retreats, and just good old fun!
How often will I need to come?
I believe that it's important to come to therapy at least weekly in order for it to work well. Imagine going to the gym every other week and then being frustrated that your body isn't changing! Coming weekly isn't just arbitrary, like with your physical body, it's important to train the 'muscles' of your psyche frequently enough for change to happen.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
Many people who have acute symptoms or are in crisis begin to feel better within the first few weeks of beginning therapy. Generally though, you'll need to commit to at least six months to one year to notice lasting changes. Sometimes it takes longer, and many people stay in therapy for many years to get to the root of lifelong issues or as a means of continued personal growth.
We'll talk about this together and I'll let you know what I think. Ultimately, how long you stay in therapy is always your decision.
How much does it cost?
My fee is $170 for a 50 minute session.
Therapy is an investment in yourself. The way I think about it is: this is for my soul. I want to be well and grow in these areas that ultimately impact every part of my life and happiness.
You are welcome to pay for your sessions with a credit card, check, or cash.
Do you take insurance?
I'm an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies. Most will reimburse some percentage of your therapy directly to you. It's a good idea to call them to find this out before we start therapy. I'm glad to give you the specific type of bill or receipt that your insurance company requires.
Do you work with men too?
Yes! I focus on women because my own life experiences help me connect with women in transition, but I enjoy working with men too.
I particularly like working with men who identify as the caretaker or struggle with a feeling of not wanting to disappoint people.
What is fierce self love? Isn't that selfish?
Simply put, self love is like self-fullness. It means filling up your Self from the inside.
That's not the same as being selfish. In fact, I believe that only when you love yourself can you truly be generous, because you are able to value your own needs as much as those of others. From this place your 'yes' is really a yes! You have the choice to honor your own needs, compromise, or give fully to others without resentment. The more you there is, the more you have to give.
Being fierce about self love is a way to put it into action.
It's a practice that can help us remember when we are working to heal self love deficits and learn new patterns.