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Therapy is an important process to help heal and grow within our relationship to ourselves, our partners, children, family members. As we embark on any journey of healing, we have choice of how we are going to manifest the growth we are experiencing for the betterment of our community, society, and the planet.  

Whether I am working with an adult, child, teen, or couple, I support clients identify the unique ways in which they function, and their innate strengths and resources with which to make sense and the best of circumstances in their lives. When people are functioning at their best, they contribute in making a meaningful impact in the world-and that’s needed!

I partner with my clients to promote and achieve their goals and aspirations. I offer warm and authentic presence, and create a nurturing environment that encourages emotional healing and maturation. I also don't hold back from challenging clients' limiting mindsets and beliefs. My psychotherapeutic work reflects my own personal journey with healing, and waking up.

I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I’ve since worked as a clinician for over 18 years and find joy, 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 specialize in the treatment of Anxiety, Stress, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities/Different Learners, Depression, Life Transitions, Trauma, Neurobiological Diversity and Giftedness. 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 and this offers me daily perspective on the rewards and learning lessons children and family life offer us!

Outside of my practice work, I enjoy modern dance and yoga, and exploring the rolling hills of California on horseback.  I study the medicinal aspects of plants and food. I am currently leading a project called Reinventing Relations which aims at supporting the creation of a new blueprint in world relations. 

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 is impaired when we are stressed and anxious.

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:

https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/mood-disorders/psychiatry-and-the-gut-the-role-of-microbiota-in-mood-disorders/article/410957/

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/09/gut-feeling.aspx


Specializations

  • Anxiety Disorders & Mood Disorders

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Couples challenges

  • Gender Relations

  • Eating Disorders (male, female)

  • Giftedness/Emergence

  • Life Transitions

  • Mothering/Parenting

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Racial Relations

  • Sensory-Integration Challenges

  • Sex and Intimacy

  • Tics, Tourette

Professional Training

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics-UCLA

  • Dialectal Behavior Therapy

  • Exposure with Response Prevention

  • Equine Assisted Therapy

  • Guided Imagery

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Mindfulness

  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

  • Somatic Experiencing