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In choosing someone to support you, it is important that the way they describe their work resonates with you, and that they have experience and/or interest in the issues you are facing or identities you have.  There are as many different kinds of therapists as there are people!  Here is a bit about my orientation:  

 

I believe the social context in which we grow up has great influence on our mental health. Since I was about 12 years old, I have dedicated my life to truly seeing the privileges and oppressions that exist based on social hierarchies in our society (racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, to name just a few) and how these influence my life.  As I keep working toward seeing myself more clearly (it's a lifelong process!) , I have become very open to seeing and hearing others of similar or different experience, doing the difficult work of unlearning social conditioning, building strong relationships across differences so that we can start to experience something new together.  My individual and group work is informed by this perspective.  

My work has a somatic focus, which means "the living organism in its wholeness."  In our society, the mind is seen as separate from the body and spirit.  As a result, we are cut off from the innate intelligence of our bodies, we have forgotten how to listen to them and allow them to help us feel, be centered, and reach out to others.  Learning to be in our bodies can create a sense of safety and empowerment the outside world cannot offer us.  My work is also informed by many years of Buddhist meditation practice, training in theater and dance,  process work techniques and 12 years working in public education.  As a result of my training and orientation, my approach seems best suited to those who have an interest in mindfulness, the body, creativity, spirituality and social justice.  

 

Here is a list of issues & populations I have skill & experience working with:​

  • Stress Management

  • Avoiding burnout for those who work in

    • Public education

    • Non-profit work

    • Social justice organizing

  • LGBT/Queer Experience

  • Parenting support 

  • White people who want to see/unlearn white racial conditioning

  • Processing Grief & Loss

  • Caregiver support

  • Adolescents

Training & Experience

Licenses & Degrees:

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Lic.#52663)

Master of Science, SFSU, Dual Specialization: School Counseling & Marriage, Family & Child Counseling

Bachelor of Arts, Mills College, Women's Studies 


Specialized Training: 

The UNtraining / Racism, Diversity & Risk of the Self, Robert Horton & Rita Shimmin, 15+ years, Senior Facilitator 

Somatics & Trauma, 1 year, Generative Somatics

Additional Training:

Somatics, Trauma, Mindfulness:

Somatics, Trauma & Resilience, Strozzi Institute

Embodied Leadership, Strozzi Institute 

The Body Keeps the Score: Trauma and Healing (Digital Seminar), Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Multicultural Alliance Building, Isoke Femi

Depression & Mindfulness, East Bay Meditation Center

Trauma 2-day Conference, Bessel Van der Kolk

Somatic Approach to Working with Trauma, Justine Polevoy

Children & Adolescents:

The Mindsight Approach for Children and Adolescents: Integration Techniques for the Mind and the Developing Brain (Online Course), Daniel Siegel, M.D.
American School Counseling Association 3-day Conference

Working w/ Families to Support Young Children’s Understanding of Racial & Cultural Differences, Children’s Hospital

Successful Parent Involvement with African-American Families, Children's Hospital 

Gestalt Play Therapy, Bay Area Community Resources

Anger in Therapy, Bay Area Community Resources

Expressive Arts Therapy, Bay Area Community Resources

Adolescent Issues with Substance Abuse, Bay Area Community Resources

Stages of Change, Bay Area Community Resources

CA Association of School Social Workers Conference

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