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My Approach to Psychotherapy

I believe that psychotherapy works best when it is highly collaborative. Each person’s life history and experiences are entirely unique and deserve to be approached with a spirit of open curiosity. My expertise is in helping people navigate their individual path toward greater fulfillment and increased self-awareness.

My approach is psychodynamic. Psychodynamic therapy involves exploring thoughts and feelings, identifying recurring patterns in a person’s life and relationships, working with conflicting feelings and desires that are causing a person to feel “stuck,” and using empathy and curiosity to try to better understand each person’s unique history and how it continues to affect his or her life today.

I draw from aspects of the Relational, Self Psychology, and Object Relations psychoanalytic traditions. I also value the contributions of Attachment Theory in understanding a person’s relationships with his/her self and others. My therapeutic interventions at times draw from my experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

I have had success treating diverse patients with wide-ranging concerns:

  • Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Feelings of Shame and Guilt
  • Anger
  • Abuse
  • And Many Other Problems

Educational Background

I studied the classics at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico before transferring to CSU San Diego, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My graduate education was at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, where I received my Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology.

Clinical Background

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 25461) in the state of California.

My clinical training and experience is broad and includes work with many different people in a variety of settings. In addition to my experience as a private practice clinician, I have worked in the following settings:

  • As a staff psychologist in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for severe anxiety disorders, including OCD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Trichotillomania, and Social Anxiety Disorder
  • As a clinician at Kaiser Permanente providing group and individual therapy for a wide variety of presenting issues and concerns
  • In therapy clinics working with underserved populations
  • As a therapist at both St. Mary’s College and Sacramento State University – providing therapy services, assessments, and outreach to students
  • As a therapist in a high school, working with students in individual and group therapy
  • As a therapist in a psychiatric hospital setting – both inpatient and outpatient programs

I completed my predoctoral internship at Psychological Counseling Services at CSU Sacramento, where I provided individual and couples’ therapy services to students. I also provided clinical assessments for Learning Disorders and ADHD, and provided outreach to the student body.

I completed my Residency in the Psychiatry Department at Kaiser Permanente. My training at Kaiser focused on providing brief psychotherapy and facilitating groups and psychoeducational classes. In addition, I was trained to perform cognitive, personality, and neuropsychological assessments.

Professional Affiliation and Advocacy

I strongly believe in advocating for greater access to mental health services and in promoting mental health awareness. As part of my commitment to these goals, I am a member of the The American Psychological Association (APA), APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), and The Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP). I am also a member of the executive steering committee for the Sacramento Psychoanalytic Society.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

– Jalal ad-Din Rumi