A friend once said, “I close my eyes so I can see.”
To those who’ve survived traumas, those who’ve lost loved ones, those whose minds wire in unique ways, those who face a world that seems to give them no quarter, those with big feelings, the tricksters and skeptics, the sensitive and imaginative, the queer, the killjoys, the code changers, the fierce and insistent – I am here for it.
I work with people across the lifespan – the kindergartener adjusting to school, the fourth grader struggling with homework, the middle schooler navigating the travails of puberty, the adolescent pressing against the world and defining who they are, the adult looking to rediscover themselves. My training traversed all ages and stages of life and I’m passionate about supporting people at any point in their journey.
I offer a calming presence so that you may more deeply listen to all parts of yourself – your elders, your guides, your quirks, your pain, your anger, your power, all of it. I won’t give you homework and I won’t offer you blanket advice. But I will be with you, with your history, and your present. Together we will create a space to restore your confidence – your trust in yourself – so that you can live, love, and play more freely.
Confidence comes from the Latin ‘confidere’ – to have full trust.
Our work may begin with psychological assessment to help orient us or to advocate for supports you need in the world. It may begin with conversation in therapy. You take the lead. I listen closely. I stay with you in the early stages, where it is harder to see and know, attuning to your experience and asking questions to sharpen our focus. I follow you as you try on different parts of yourself, different ways of being, and relationships that support your thriving.I guide by showing up for you, holding space for you, and challenging behaviors and mindsets that harm you.
To challenge is to dispute the truth of something.
I’m honored to do this work and humbled by those in my care. It offers countless opportunities to develop empathy, check assumptions, and witness the grit and beauty of human life. I supplement my practice with my own personal work in psychoanalysis, study of literature and philosophy, critical reflection on identity and privilege, and consultation with trusted colleagues and mentors.
If we shadows have offended,Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
Think but this, and all is mended
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY29349) with a practice in Berkeley, CA.