I partner with clients by being an ally to their own wisdom. Together, we discover Life as they experience it. I listen to the narrative they have constructed. To bring balance and shift behaviors, we see how the narrative can be reviewed; how thoughts and feelings can be upgraded. We identify the unique ways in which they function, and the innate strengths and resources with which to make sense and best of circumstances. I hold the perspective of curiosity about what hasn’t been imagined yet. When people are functioning in their unique, ideal ways, they contribute in making a meaningful impact in the world-and that’s needed.
I offer warm and authentic presence, and create a nurturing environment that encourages emotional healing and maturation. I don't hold back from challenging clients' limiting mindsets and beliefs-that’s the medicine of the upgrade! My psychotherapeutic work reflects my journey with making sense of my own neurology, which dips within the territories of OCD at times, and realizing the effects of The Programming on my Self. I weave in the wisdom I witnessed traveling our beautiful planet. I bring in the office the lessons of nature; trees, plants, birds, horses... I have researched my ancestral lineages, and I encourage clients, and their parents, to do the same. I meditate several times daily, and it brings me a calm and engaged mind.
After undergraduate studies in Montreal at Concordia University and Vancouver at University of British Columbia, I departed from my motherland and landed in San Francisco at the California Institute of Integral Studies where I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology. I’ve since worked as a clinician for over 18 years. I find fascination, vitality, and passion in my work and service to others.
I’ve worked in a number of professional and private settings, ranging from medical centers (Marin General Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center) to my own private practice. I have an affinity for working with people who experience Autism, Anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities/Different Learners, Depression, Life Transitions, Trauma. My clients often have been identified as “gifted”. I’ve served extensively in residential treatment facilities for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents having faced adverse life situations. I adore children and teens! I am a mother. This offers me daily perspective on the rewards, challenges, learning lessons children and family life offers.
Outside of my practice work, I continuously practice yoga. I frolic on the trails of Marin, and around the world. I study the medicinal aspects of plants and food. I am currently leading a project called Reinventing Relations; the creation of a new blueprint in world relations. Planetary Activism.
The Mind/Body-Gut Relation
Our mind and body are interconnected aspects of our life, inseparable in terms of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. The central nervous system is the bridge between our body and mind, and holds great healing capacities when addressing anxiety, depression, and health challenges. States of dysregulated behaviors are intertwined with relational experiences, and when it comes to mental health, often symptoms such as those of ADD/ADHD and Anxiety can be remediated with active exploration and treatment of stressful relational dynamics in families and couples. Focus and other cognitive functions are impaired when we are stressed and anxious; does tunnel vision sound familiar?
Did you know that Serotonin, an enteric neurotransmitter responsible-amongst other functions-for the modulation of anxiety, stress, depression, and happiness is produced primarily in the gut and intestines? Yes, over 90% of its receptors are actually outside the brain! Psychiatry is increasingly acknowledging the important role having a heathy and balanced gut microbiome plays in Mental and Physical Health. Studies have found that the type of foods we eat, and how we eat (hello Mindfulness!), has enormous potential on how well we are going to feel. A healthy microbiome means more chances of feeling well. Stress, anxiety, and depression-regulated by serotonin-affect our digestion and absorption of nutrients, and create inflammation, a condition that is at the root of several auto-immune imbalances and illnesses.
When the nervous system becomes unbalanced due to overburden, relational challenges, traumas, food sensitivities, or any number of other circumstances, the whole person suffers. I partner with other health practitioners such as Food/Gut specialist and Body Workers in order to offer my clients a well rounded wholistic system of care.
Read more below:
Anxiety Disorders & Mood Disorders
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Eating Disorders (male, female)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Sex and Intimacy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics-UCLA
Dialectal Behavior Therapy
Exposure with Response Prevention
Equine Assisted Therapy
Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Lots of Yoga :)