My therapeutic perspective is based on existential-phenomenological, holistic, and feminist concepts, guided by a strong anti-oppression lens and an emphasis on your lived experience.
What I bring to our sessions is a deep curiosity about who you are and how you move through the world. I’m fairly interactive, seeking to understand with you how your family and socio-cultural history influence your present experience, and helping to mirror aspects of yourself which might be unclear or that may hold important but unacknowledged insight.
Together, we talk about modes and patterns you're noticing in your life. We examine with compassion how you got here. We look for ways to gently interrupt patterns that aren't working, and we seek out opportunities to celebrate what's working just fine. The relationship is the key element in our work.
I have been working, writing, and training in the field of psychology since 1992. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with a Minor certificate in Human Sexuality) from San Francisco State University in 1994. Following graduation I managed the acquisitions department for New Harbinger Publications in Oakland, CA, where I acquired, researched, and developed psychology manuscripts for release to self-help and professional audiences. I was a freelance writer and editor for the years I stayed home with my young children, and eventually heeded the call to pursue my Master’s degree from the peerless existential-phenomenological therapeutic psychology program at Seattle University.
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“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.” - Fred Rogers