I am a licensed clinical psychologist providing therapy and consultation for children, teens, adults, and couples of all types, from infancy through the older adult years. Over the past 19 years, I have trained and provided mental health services within a variety of settings, and I enjoy working with all types of people.
In full-time private practice I focus on what I enjoy most, which is depth-oriented psychotherapy and supporting people in deepening their understanding of themselves, their relationships, and the world around them. I also enjoy providing consultation to parents, particularly those with young children or those with children and teens who are transgender, nonbinary, and/or gender expansive. I love that my work requires me to never stop learning and growing. I approach therapy collaboratively, and people find my style to be warm and empathetic. My work is influenced by psychodynamic, relational, and attachment theories.
Because of my commitment to social justice and my desire to give back to the field of psychotherapy, I always provide some type of pro-bono work, including direct service, teaching, or supervising newer clinicians. As a founding member of Mind the Gap (MTG), I serve on their Advisory Group and in other capacities. MTG is in community partnership with UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center, which is committed to providing gender affirmative services to transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive children, youth, and their families.
I am a child and adolescent gender specialist, which means that I have specialized training, experience, and knowledge in working with issues related to gender identity and gender expression. I provide support around all aspects of gender identity and expression, such as: building gender resilience, managing gender dysphoria, social transitions, and medical interventions.
I also provide parenting support and consultation in raising and supporting a child in their gender identity and expression. There is no one formula because every child, every family, and every community is unique. Our work will include both psychoeducation and support, such as around: talking with your child about gender, child development and building resilience, thinking about/making difficult decisions, and all the range of feelings and concerns that arise in supporting your child while also navigating extended family, schools, and the larger community.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”-Dr. Seuss
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