My approach to psychotherapy
In our therapy work together I am deeply committed to creating a safe and compassionate space where you can experience psychological and spiritual healing at your own pace. I am dedicated to creating a secure, caring and thoughtful connection between us that is full of warmth, attentive listening and discussion. My intention as a therapist is to help you engage in your life, with your family and community in a fulfilling and vital way long after therapy is completed.
I offer the people I work with an approach that integrates talk therapy, expressive arts, somatic therapy and meditation. To create long lasting healthy change, tending to our somatic (body) reactions, as well as our mental and emotional responses, can help us heal more fully. The body and the mind each have their specific ways of reacting to stress and trauma. And both play an important role in how we are able to move through distress towards healing. Investigating both in therapy can connect you to your fullest potential for positive change. Depending on your particular needs I may use a combination of therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, somatic, Jungian, humanistic, Buddhist and cognitive behavioral.
There are many ways we can work together in a therapy session. Depending on your needs and sensitivities, I may suggest we investigate your thoughts and feelings by talking, drawing, writing, working with clay, painting, looking at your dreams, meditation, movement, or focusing on your body awareness. I may make some suggestions as to possible tools we can use, but it is always up to you to decide what feels right in the moment.
I welcome working with diversity in its many forms as I was brought up in an environment influenced by two different cultures and religious backgrounds. Respecting different perspectives and traditions is an important part of my approach to therapy.
My Psychotherapy Influences
I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Pacific Graduate Institute. I have been a student of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology and an active meditator for over a decade. I work as an educator at the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science where I am the Director of the Compassion-Based Resilience Training program and the San Francisco Contemplative Psychotherapy Program.
I also have a background as an Authentic Movement practitioner, an astrologer and I am trained in level II Reiki. I enjoy bringing my love of poetry, painting, literature, photography, myth, music, dreams, nature, and movement to my therapy practice.
I can be reached at 415.721.3355 or by email to discuss how my approach to therapy can meet your specific needs.