Bio and credentials
I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2004. I began practicing psychotherapy in 1999, and I have worked in community mental health and private practice as a psychotherapist, group facilitator, supervisor, and teacher.
In 2000, I received my masters degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). After graduation, I received advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI) in Berkeley. I also trained at Bay Area Community Resources while working as a school-based child and family therapist. Currently, I am a candidate in analytic training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC).
Alongside my practice, I serve on the supervisory faculty at CIIS and at TPI. I have taught classes at several Bay Area organizations and national conferences on the subjects of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, working with trauma, and clinical supervision in non-clinical settings. Lately, I have presented on the subject of whiteness in psychoanalysis.
In the past, I served as director of the peer advocacy program at a local women's wellness organization, Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Illness (WORLD). I supervised and provided training to women and trans-women working as HIV peer advocates in the local area. While at WORLD, I designed curriculum and led nationwide trainings for the Lotus Project, a federal program funded to replicate WORLD's peer program throughout the U.S. As co-chair of the Family Care Network's trauma task force, I helped design a program teaching physicians about the effects of personal and socio-cultural trauma on people living with life threatening illness.
Affiliations: The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI); Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC); and the California Association for Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT).