Though I am a San Francisco Psychotherapist, I am a Brooklyn native. I was brought to San Francisco by a quest for love and personal growth that has led me along a career path with many twists and turns including artist, educator and therapist.
Raised as Buddhist, my life has been shaped by the philosophy that we are born in this world to develop compassion, help one another overcome suffering and reach our highest potential. I have spent years encouraging and allowing myself to grow from a hip-hop dance teacher to couples counselor and family therapist, and I can truly say that I have found my passion helping others discover their own path for transformation.
My work as a "helper" includes 22 years of spiritual guidance counseling and 8 years of therapeutic mentoring of at-risk youth using the arts. Since 2010, I have worked in a clinical capacity providing individual, couples and family therapy in multi-cultural communities. I draw our experience from somatic, mindfulness-based, experiential approaches - such as: EMDR, DBT, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, etc. - to build skills around emotion-regulation and effective communication.
When we sit down together for your counseling session, my approach is direct and playful. Since most people spend a long time deciding whether or not to seek out help with a counselor or couples therapist, you have most likely thought yourself in circles around the problem(s) at hand.
Does all that thinking send you spiraling out and anxious, your inner-critic having a field day?
Your painful feelings do not define you or mean you are doing something wrong. They are a message that something important needs attention. Often times the thoughts and actions leading to your distress were your best attempts at resolving your problem. The trouble is that they are probably stemming from emotions that you may not recognize or fully understand.
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