“To be soft is to be powerful.” -rupi kaur
I am 41 and have lived here in the bay for over 20 years, even though I still think of myself as a New Yorker.
Both my parents were psychologists in private practice, and the language of therapy was ever-present in my family since before I was born.
Before I was became therapist myself, I was a working artist and professional photographer for 12 years. My artwork explored some of the same themes that my therapy work does now; things like self-discovery, identity, and relationships. I loved the intimacy of photographing; being able to see and reflect people’s beauty and strength back at them, to help them reorient to their story in a new way. In the process discovering things about myself. Not unlike therapy.
In my mid-30s I began moving away from photography, looking for another career that was still creative and authentic, but that also let me work more directly on growing myself, deepening relationships with others, and transforming the world. It was this desire that led me back to the family profession.
My work with clients keeps surprising me in how it heals what needs to be healed in me, as much as what needs to be healed in them. I now see both art and therapy as parallel paths on the same journey; to understand oneself and make sense of the world around you.
Teaching & Consultation:
Harm Reduction as Social Justice: Axis Mundi Center, 2018
Working with Trans clients in the Legal System (co-presenter with Sam Davis): Oakland Public Defenders Office, 2017
Divergent Identity, Oppression, and Resiliency: JFK University, 2016
Private therapeutic case consultation on harm reduction, LGBTQ populations, GCS surgery assessments, and other specialty topics: ongoing
EDUCATION & Training:
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist: Axis Mundi Center 2017-ongoing
LGBTQ LOUD Youth Group co-leader/therapist: Pacific Center 2018-ongoing
Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychotherapy: JFKU 2013-2017
Complete EMDR Training: EMDRIA/JFKU 2017-2018
Attachment-Focused EMDR: Parnell Institute 2018
Mental Health at the Intersections: MOSAIC collective 2019
Gender Confirmation Surgery Assessments: self-study, 2018
MFT/LPCC Traineeship: Oakland Counseling Center, 2017
Harm Reduction Direct Services: Berkeley NEED, 1998-2004
Professional affiliations & MEMBERSHIPS:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
World Professional Organization of Transgender Health (WPATH)
Bay Area Open Minds
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF); Kink Aware Professionals
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
The Parnell Institute
Harm Reduction Coalition
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)