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About me and my approach.

About

Before becoming a psychotherapist, I studied and taught yoga (Iyengar-based and Kundalini), practiced law, and worked in a variety of community health settings.

 

I am trained as a somatic therapist - I incorporate how we experience emotions and thoughts in our bodies. Becoming aware of our internal states and sensations can help unlock our sometimes-mysterious behaviors. Developing the capacity to dip into these two kinds of knowing - conscious and unconscious - can allow for profound integration and change.

 

Some of the modalities I draw on include attachment theory, Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing, and play therapy. I also include Internal Family Systems or “parts work,” psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, and yogic approaches in my work. We can consider how social systems, such as race, gender, and class, shape experiences. I draw on the modality that seems most appropriate to you and the moment. I view therapy as a journey that can take you to your true self. Change takes place in an organic way as a part of that process.

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Specialties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Teens & Young Adults
  • Play Therapy - for Children and Adults!
  • Experiential and Somatic Approaches
  • Trauma (including sexual and developmental trauma)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Grief and loss
  • Aging

Training and Education

M.A.,  Counseling Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies – Somatics Program, San Francisco, CA

Advanced Studies Program (500 hours)

The Yoga Room, Berkeley, CA

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1

Hargobind Sadan, San Leandro

Associate Clinician, San Rafael High School, San Rafael

Associate Clinician, Blackbird Institute, Oakland, CA

B.A., Anthropology

University of California, Berkeley, CA

Juris Doctor­­­

Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Member, State Bar of California

Services

Services offered in person in Oakland, CA and online

Individual Psychotherapy

We can work on any issue that you seek to resolve or explore, including depression, anxiety, trauma, aging,  grief and loss, relationships, work struggles, gender, racial and/or class trauma. You do not need to know exactly what you wish to work on!

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Teens and Adolescents

Being a teenager today is harder than ever!  To meet your teen's challenges, we can work in a variety of ways: walking and talking together, sand tray, expressive movement, and somatic approaches that focus on physical experience in the present moment. I work to support teens in being comfortable knowing and communicating what they want and need. Your teen's privacy is respected, and I collaborate with caregivers and parents. 

Couples and Families

 Often, we use strategies and play out roles with our partners and families that helped us feel safe a long time ago, but that no longer serve us. We can work on ways to become aware of these strategies while increasing clarity about dynamics and developing ways to communicate that increase safety and intimacy. 

I offer a sliding fee scale based on your income and resources. I do not take insurance but will provide you a superbill to submit to your insurer for reimbursement. 

Contact

Contact Me

Address:

Phone:                      

444 34th. street
Oakland Ca. 94609

(510) 788-1537

(Feel free to leave a confidential message.)

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Good Faith Estimate

Marriage and Family Therapists in California must provide an estimate of the total expected costs for therapeutic services to be received to clients who do not have or are not using insurance. This Good Faith Estimate does not include any professional services rendered that are not part of the usual therapy session, such as: prolonged phone (or in-person) contacts; preparation of special forms/reports/letters; consultations; and court time.

Make sure your therapist provides you with a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your therapy session.  You can also ask your therapist, and any other therapist you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an appointment. If you receive a bill/statement that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill/statement. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit: www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers OR call 800-985-3059

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