As a clinical psychologist I work with individuals and couples striving to live more fulfilling lives — cultivating self-reflection, integrating self-awareness and strengthening self-esteem.

I specialize in working with professional women addressing a range of issues including prenatal/postpartum transitions, birth trauma, parenting and attachment, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, sleep issues, relationships, grief and loss.

My research, writing and ongoing studies have focused on mother-daughter relationships, women’s health, mindfulness and meditation. I am a mother and a longtime practitioner of meditation, yoga and Ayurvedic principles.

Western psychology and Eastern philosophy have deeply influenced my clinical work. I travel to India each year to study with Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, author of The Sacred Tradition of Yoga, whose wisdom and guidance have made a profound impact on my approach to helping people live with more peace, joy and well-being.

License # PSY20791

Approach

I see therapy as a deep commitment to self-understanding and a practice of cultivating self-care. I seek to create a safe environment where my patients learn to identify and attend to their needs. I value empathic listening and carefully track my patients’ process and personal histories. I believe it is important to examine the past to better understand the present.

My clinical style combines a psychodynamic approach — understanding early childhood experiences and attachment — with practical, clear and articulate guidance. I also use mindfulness-based cognitive and somatic techniques for individuals to develop a reflective capacity, as well as more clarity and healthy discernment. I often recommend relevant reading material to those who are interested in deepening their inner work and extending their therapeutic awareness beyond the weekly sessions.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy depending on specific needs and issues. I do not take insurance directly, however, I do provide all necessary paperwork for reimbursement from insurance companies. I work in Northern California, where I have offices in Larkspur and Sebastopol. I also schedule phone and Skype sessions. For more information, please call or email me: 415-342-2996 / [email protected]

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Additional Areas of Focus

  • Couple Therapy
  • Parenting Consultation
  • Meditation / Stress Reduction
  • Integrative Restoration Yoga (iRest)
  • Mother-Daughter Relationships
  • Raising Healthy Boys
  • Jungian Psychology
  • Developing a Spiritual Practice
  • Transgenerational Trauma
  • Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle

Relevant Experience

  • Psychodynamic training at Community Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Pre-doctoral intern: James Goodrich Whitney Clinic / C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
  • Post-doctoral intern: Marin Community Mental Health / DBT training
  • Marin General Hospital: facilitating postpartum mindfulness classes
  • MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Training with Dr. Gordon Neufeld on healthy parenting and attachment
  • Mindfulness and addiction studies with Pema Chodron
  • Level 1 & 2 Integrative Restoration Yoga (iRest) in trauma treatment
  • Trauma Treatment Training with Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk
  • Mental health therapist for adolescent girls in residential treatment
  • Social worker in integrative health for cancer patients
  • Jivana Yoga Certification: in-depth studies in yoga, mediation and Ayurveda

Contact

Phone:
415 342-2996

Email:
[email protected]

Office:
119 Ward Street
Larkspur, California 94939

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Reading List

Parenting:

  • Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne
  • The Price of Priviledge, Madeline Levine
  • Maternal Desire, by Daphne DeMarneffe
  • Mothers, Daughters and The Female Body, by Gillian Lerner
  • Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Matter More Than Peers, by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate

Couples:

  • Hold me Tight, by Dr. Sue Johnson
  • How To Be An Adult In Relationships, David Richo
  • And Baby Makes Three, by John M. Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

Mindfulness & Meditation:

  • The Sacred Tradition of Yoga, by Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois
  • You Are Not What You Think, by David Richo
  • When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron
  • Meditation: The Notebooks of Paul Bruton, by Paul Bruton
  • The Inner Life, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • Toward a Psychology of Awakening, by John Welwood
  • The Power of Grace, by David Richo
  • The Untethered Soul, by Michael A. Singer
  • Discover Yourself, by Paul Bruton

Depth Psychology:

  • Owning Your Own Shadow, by Robert A. Johnson
  • Hauntings: Dispelling the Myths That Run Our Lives, by James Hollis
  • Trauma and the Soul, by Donald Kalsched
  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by C. G. Jung