Position: Continuing Education Coordinator
Identities: Cisgender, White, Female, Ally
Language(s) Spoken: English
Get to know me:
I am a licensed psychologist in Sonoma County, CA. I received my masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles and my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan in Venice, CA. In 2014, I earned the Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). I have served on many boards and committees, and currently serve the Redwood Psychological Association and the TRANSLIFE conference committee in Sonoma County.
What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?
Establishing a safe space to deeply explore and affirm a person’s core identity and expression, which for some can feel like a continually evolving process. I believe the key is working with a person’s level of comfort and pace to achieve a true sense of harmony within oneself and their world.
What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?
I work with LGBTQ+ and cisgender individual adults, couples, teens, and groups. A primary focus of my practice is working with transgender / gender expansive / nonconforming people (TGNC). I currently work with those who are in various stages of transitioning and offer consultation to clinicians serving TGNC clients.
What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?
My practice is based in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I believe our difficulties emerge as a result of our complex relational history with significant people in our development. It is a more collaborative process as compared to the more hierarchical structure between doctor and patient found in traditional treatment. In relational psychoanalytic therapy, we will explore and illuminate the parts of your history that are inhibiting or impairing your current functioning. In other words, we will uncover how the past is currently affecting your present.
EDUCATION & LICENSES
Education: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Years in Practice: 8
School: Ryokan College (PsyD) and The Chicago School for Professional Psychology (MA)
Year Graduated: 2012 (MA), 2015 (PsyD)
License # and State: PSY28354 California
819 3rd Street, Suite 103 Santa Rosa, CA 95404
I also offer telehealth sessions for CA residents (VSee).
Gender Neutral Restrooms: yes
Fee Range: $200
Accepted Payment Methods: credit card, cash, check (superbills provided)
Accepted Insurance Plans: Beacon Partnership, Medicare