Over ten years ago I opened my private practice and have seen a variety of clientele here. Prior to my own practice I worked at many different schools and agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area gaining experience with many different populations.
A previous career in ministry which included helping people with life and faith struggles is what propelled me to enter the field of counseling as a career.
I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Master of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Though I am a Christian, I have no expectations my clients must be, which is why I choose not to call myself a Christian Counselor. If you are interested in integrating Christianity in your therapy please be sure to let me know. If you are not, please know that I affirm spirituality as an important part of life and deeply respect others' values, perspectives and faith though they may be different from my own.
Therapists generally work under certain theories that frame how to identify and treat certain disorders, struggles or problem areas for clients. I work primarily from a Psychodynamic orientation. Some issues require different approaches and I am comfortable with and use other orientations to augment my work. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which is proven to be an effective treatment with traumatic experiences or PTSD.
A Psychodynamic approach views our past relationships and experiences as significantly impacting the person we are today. This also means those things can contribute to our current struggles/issues. My approach is to help you figure out what from your past might be affecting the present, so you can change unhealthy habits or ways of relating to others. Consulting with a professional therapist can give you the tools to move beyond survival to a place where you're thriving.