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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

-Nelson Mandela

ABOUT

ABOUT

ME

I am a Bay Area local with over 10 years of experience helping people, as a teacher, caregiver, mentor, and counselor. I have worked with people of all ages through difficult and exciting life changes, including trauma, disability, addiction, struggles in primary relationships, early parenthood, family conflict, caregiving, exploration of gender and sexuality, and more. I’m also a sister, mother, ex-neuroscientist, compulsive journal writer, bicycler, and very slow reader. I am deeply committed to social justice and honoring the differences that make us who we are.

CREDENTIALS & EDUCATION
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #127395 & Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #9891, supervised by Meri Levy, LMFT #94911 at Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute, Lafayette, CA and Beth Smith, LCSW #LCS22659 at Through the Looking Glass, Berkeley CA 

  • Masters in Counseling, concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy & Professional Clinical Counseling, California State University East Bay

  • Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Neuroscience, Brandeis University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California Berkeley

I WORK WITH
  • ​Couples, both planning and struggling 

  • Parents and children

  • People who identify as neurodiverse

  • Anyone undergoing a big change (relationship, school/college, career, gender, empty nest, peri-menopause, employment, disability)

  • Folks who want to talk about sex/sexuality

  • Adult and teen children of alcoholics/addicts

  • Caregivers

  • Anybody else who finds a good fit with me

THE PROCESS

​I will help you to connect with yourself and other people, in times of commitment, boredom, trouble, confusion, or celebration. If you wish to investigate a difficult past along the way, I will be with you; that decision is yours. I work with the inner parts of my clients when they are in conflict in order to restore peace. Neuroscience taught me that the brain and body are one, and tuning in to somatic (body) experience is one way I work, whether indoors or out, writing or reenacting, meditating or "just" talking. I meet you where you are, and together we find a way forward. This is true whether you are 8, 18, or 8o.

CONTACT ME

CONTACT

Please feel free to use this form or just call, text, or email me directly.

PHONE

(415) 488-5217

E-MAIL

ADDRESS

3470 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite A200, Lafayette, CA 94549

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Announcement: You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. This therapist will be giving you a copy of this estimate when we first meet. For more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises

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