Who I Am

 

As a therapist, I’ve been described as down to earth, fiercely compassionate, and dropped in. I’m a California water bug with an East Coast type of directness. I can hold the messy stuff, honor resilience and also celebrate the magic of life with you.


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My passion for personal and collective healing birthed through studying and co-facilitating courses on critical pedagogy and democratic education at UC Berkeley. Since then I have spent 13 years immersing myself in the yoga tradition, meditation, shamanic studies, transpersonal, somatic and Jungian psychology as well as reiki energy work out of the desire to reclaim my sense of embodiment and inner knowing. My excitement for the mind-body connection lead me to the California Institute of Integral Studies where I completed my M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics. Today my heart is fueled by my continued reverence for and practice of these intersecting traditions both in the Bay area and overseas.


I have worked at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy - a sliding scale trauma-focused counseling center in downtown San Francisco and as an arts and somatics counselor and educator at Bay Area elementary and high schools. I’ve also supported youth transitioning from childhood to adolescence through rites of passage work with the Stepping Stones Project and partnered with the Gyals network and companies including Facebook, Uber and more to facilitate self-care and mindfulness workshops. Today I work in a private practice setting through the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy and teach surf therapy to girls and women through the Groundswell Community Project

 
If you have come to help me, you are wasting our time....but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
— Aboriginal Political Activist Group, 1970's