ABOUT MY PRACTICE
Your child has received a diagnosis or has an identified developmental or learning difference. Now what?
Your family might feel lost navigating multiple systems, including school/special education, foster care/adoption, medical/psychiatric, occupational therapy, speech and language services, and behavior analysis. I can help. I am experienced in case management and collaboration and I want to help you navigate what will be most helpful for your child while also providing a space for you to vent, share progress, and gain strategies that are individualized to your child and your family. It can be painful and frustrating to accept that your child might experience more challenges than their peers; I can help your child and family navigate feelings of burnout, self-blame, grief, and uncertainty about what happens next. Most importantly, I will help you and your child recognize and bring out their unique greatness!
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT79984) with over ten years of experience working with families, couples, adults, and youth of all ages. Currently full-time in private practice, I have years of previous experience at non-profit agencies treating a diverse range of challenges, diagnoses, family and life circumstances. My clients find me approachable, genuine, and playful or irreverent enough to connect with even the most challenging children and teenagers. I have particular specialties in:
helping families navigate multiple systems after a diagnosis (ADHD, depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors), developmental, or learning difference is identified
working with attachment and feelings identification and expression (for both children & couples)
treating risky behaviors or suicidal thoughts stemming from mental health issues or trauma
the complex challenges that arise in foster care or post-adoption
integrating mindfulness practices in the real world
I am trained in and use evidence-based practices, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, trauma-informed practices, art and play therapy, mindfulness and meditation, and a positive parenting and discipline model called the Nurtured Heart Approach.
My approach is strengths-based and systemic, meaning that, particularly in my work with families and couples, our goal is to gain insight about each member’s role and how they impact the functioning of the whole system. This approach reduces blame and shame and empowers each person to make changes that will positively impact their relationships. For individuals, systemic therapy examines the way that life experiences, family history, culture, biological and psychological factors, and social relationships impact mental health and behaviors.
I have a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Applied Family and Child Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Psychology.
Please contact me by phone or email to schedule a free 15 minute consultation to discuss how we can work together.
I am committed to providing affirmative therapy services to LGBTQIA+ clients and their families.
Individual Therapy for Children, Adolescents, and Teenagers
o Depression and anxiety disorders
o Learning or attention problems
o Behavior or anger management problems
o School challenges or stress
o Social skills, self-esteem, or peer issues, such as cyber-bullying or isolation
o Gender identity expression and sexual orientation
o Risk behaviors, such as self-harm, substance use, thoughts of suicide, sexual acting out
o Trauma including sexual, physical or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
o Improving communication and reducing conflict
o Behavioral problems in children and adolescents
o Child and parent conflict or boundary issues
o Managing developmental transitions
o Traumatic or stressful family events, such as divorce, grief/loss, other hardship
o Mental health or substance abuse issues that impact family functioning
o Major events or transitions, such as birth/adoption, coming out as LGBTQIA, separation/divorce, or remarriage
o Sibling rivalry or conflict
o Adoption and Foster Care
o Conflict resolution and management
o Improving communication
o Pre-marital counseling
o Trust and infidelity
o Strengthening relationship through stressors or transitions
o Co-parenting after divorce or separation
o Improving intimacy
Individual Therapy for Adults
o Depression and anxiety disorders
o Self-injury and suicidal thoughts
o Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or past/present trauma experiences
o Life transitions or decisions
o Parenting support and coaching
o Personal and relational development
RATES & INSURANCE
Please call to inquire about my current fee structure. I reserve a limited number of hours each week for those who require a reduced fee.
As an out-of-network provider for insurance carriers, I am happy to provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Payment: I accept cash, check, Zelle, Chase Quickpay, and all major credit cards at the time of service.
Please call, email, or fill out the form below to learn more about my practice, schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation, or to schedule an intake appointment. I will respond to inquiries within one business day. I look forward to working with you!
4053 18th Street
San Francisco CA 94114
Workshops & Consultation
I offer a variety of workshops and clinical consultations. I can bring dynamic presentations to your school, parent meeting, agency, community group or other event. Please contact me for more information, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 415 894 2766,
Wellness Workshop For Girls (ages 11-14)
- Self-esteem and Self-Identity
- Healthy Relationships & Addressing Bullying and Cyber Bullying
- Emotional Regulation & How to Cope with Stress
- Self-care and Healthy living
Is There an App for That? Parenting in the Digital Age
This engaging 60-90 minute workshop will help parents, teachers, and professionals:
Brush up on the basics of social media to ensure safety and privacy for their children or teens
Improve open communication about their child or teen’s online experiences
Make a pro-active plan for setting and enforcing realistic rules and creating a balance around screen time
Understand and prevent high-risk behaviors including cyberbullying, sexting, and negative impacts on health or well-being
Good Enough Parenting: A Stress-Free Approach to Attachment
This 2 hour discussion-based workshop for parents, caretakers/nannies, and professionals will:
address attachment theory- what it is and what it is NOT
describe and demonstrate attachment styles and their implications throughout development
teach strategies to promote secure attachment from infancy to adolescence
Clinical Consultation & Clinical Supervision
I am available for clinical consultation at your school or agency. I have expertise in the following topics:
- Behavior management for high-risk or challenging behaviors or emotions
- A Family Systems approach to management of mental health, developmental, or learning disorders or challenges
- Mood Disorders in Children and Teens
I am available to provide clinical supervision to MFT Interns, particularly those who are interested in these areas.
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