My life's work had been a deep committment to introspection and transformation. I have spent a large part of my life working on myself, developing self awareness, understanding interpersonal patterns, transforming limiting ways of thinking, healing hurts that got in the way of showing up, ongoing practice of abiding in my true nature. I bring a breadth of experience and training to reworking psychological material and helping people feel better by learning to live from their true nature. Being a therapist is my life's calling and I feel grateful to be here and to offer this work. It brings me great joy to witness and support clients as they transform and become the confident empowered loving beings they are here to be.
Through years of my own practice I have discovered that beneath all the layers of doing, feeling, thinking and sensing there exists an aspect of the self that is a vast resource of grounding and support. This is the authentic part of us, underlying the ego/personality that is the essential self, our true nature. When we consciously connect with our essential self, we see more clearly through our personality structures, the feelings, the thoughts, the habits, the patterns, the stories, the distractions. In so doing we drop into a vast space of grounding, support, clarity, open-heartedness and capacity. From here we can have what's required to create the changes we long for.
I earned my graduate degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in 1999 and have been working on myself and with clients ever since. I am licensed in California as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT #41004). I have been working with my spiritual teacher Jennifer Welwood for almost 20 years in a weekly psycho-spiritual group. I feel tremendous gratitude for Jennifer. Without her guidance, skill and love, I wouldn't be the person or therapist I am today. I am forever grateful to her. I practice Somatically oriented Psychotherapy. My toolbag includes Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic exercises, Mindfulness practices, The Enneagram (a wonderful tool that helps in developing self awareness), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective treatment for healing trauma and working with PTSD.
I’m a very directive and engaged practitioner. I will guide you into practices that will help you deepen into your experience, get into the here and now and connect with yourself. I will show you how to turn toward yourself in a loving, constructive way, while also showing you how to disengage from negative repetitive thinking patterns, so that you can have access to your essential self, your true nature and stand in innate confidence I will teach you healthy communication in relationship that invites your partner toward you, rather than triggering them to be defensive and pull away. I will help you develop awareness, so that you engage the objectivity necessary to be responsive/non-reactive and choose what you want. I will help you heal past hurts, so that you can be present in your life. When you can connect with your self in this way, transformation happens.
Please feel free to contact me and find out more more about how I work.