Bio and credentials

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Professional Activities: Alongside my private practice in Berkeley, I am a clinical supervisor and instructor at several clinics and organizations in the Bay Area. For several years, I’ve taught on the subject of the therapeutic relationship, and I have taught and written about clinical approaches to supervision in community health settings. Lately, I have presented and written on the subject of whiteness in psychoanalysis.

Education and Training: In 2000, I received my masters degree in psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). I took an interdisciplinary approach, studying traditional and east/west psychology as well as Buddhist and indigenous studies. While completing post-graduate training at The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI), I treated adults and couples at TPI’s community clinic. I also completed a child and teen counseling training program at Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) while serving as a child and family therapist at a public middle school. Currently, I am a candidate in advanced training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC).

Past Projects: While on staff at WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Diseases), I developed a supervision and training program for community-based peer advocates who provide psycho-social support to women living with HIV. In addition, I helped launch a federal project (The Lotus Project) to foster the development of similar peer programs across the U.S. Since then, I have provided consultation to several non-profit organizations such as East Bay AIDS Clinic and the City of San Francisco’s HIV Parolee Project. As past co-chair of an Alameda County trauma task force, I designed a training module teaching physicians about the effects of complex and socio-cultural trauma on people living with HIV.

 Affiliations: The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI); Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC); and the California Association for Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT).