It's important to me to be accepting of all people. I work to provide an environment where you are accepted as you are and can feel comfortable being yourself. My practice is gay-friendly and I'm an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist.
My training and experience
Before starting my private practice, I worked at the JFK University Community Counseling Center (Sunnyvale, California), where I spent more than 3000 hours counseling adult individuals and couples, as well as children, teens, and elders. My counseling experience includes work with clients of various ethnicities and income levels, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2015 (California license #91187)
Life Member - California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Trained in EMDR therapy.
MA in Counseling Psychology (JFK University - Campbell, California, 2006)
BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of California - Davis, California, 1983)
My Therapeutic Orientation
You may have had previous therapy experience or heard of some of the different types of psychotherapies (and there are many). In my practice, I use interventions from several different types of therapy (Narrative, Solution Focused, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, EMDR), but my philosophy primarily comes from Narrative Therapy. What that means is:
I consider you to be the expert on your life experience.
I trust you to know best about what is and what isn't working.
I consider myself to be a facilitator helping you to discover who and how you want to be in the world.
I respect that external influences can strongly affect how you feel about yourself.
I focus on the issues YOU bring to therapy. I don't believe it's useful to dig into parts of your life that are unrelated to what we're addressing.
My past life
I lived and worked as an Electrical Engineer in Silicon Valley until moving to Los Angeles in 2016. I still do some work for technology companies but my primary job is as a Psychotherapist.
What drives me...
I learned in my 40's that I get tremendous joy from helping people and helping them to help themselves. Besides doing that I spend time with my husband, spend time outdoors, do home repair, travel, and study foreign languages.