License # MFC43974
I’ve been a psychotherapist since 2001, supporting the LGBTQ community as a clinician and as social justice advocate.
Before joining the Gay Therapy Center I was the Director of the UCSF LGBT Resource Center, providing advocacy, training, and support to the campus and medical community on gender identity and sexual orientation issues.
I have worked as a therapist in a wide range of Bay Area mental health settings such as the University of California - San Francisco, New Leaf Services for our Community, AIDS Health Project, Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, Peralta Community College District, Family Service Agency of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Unified School District.
As a therapist, I work with a variety of theories and interventions to help clients, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. I approach my work from a social justice frame and am heavily influenced by social psychologists and theorists and their work around identity, and its impact on mental health. I have extensive experience working with transgender clients and LGBTQ people of color.
Originally from San Diego, I have loved living in the Bay Area for the last 20 years. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and I earned my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
I am in a long term relationship and we live together with our two fantastic dogs in San Francisco. I strive to have a healthy work/life balance and stay creatively inspired through involvement in music, writing, theater, and filmmaking.
In the therapeutic process, my priority is to create an environment that promotes self-reflection and change. There is nothing more satisfying than watching my clients break through whatever internal obstacles they are dealing with in order to live healthy and empowering lives.