I have 18 years experience working with a range of complex issues. My main passion is working with complex / developmental trauma.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
I utilize a lot of different approaches when working with trauma. The clinical knowledge for how to work with trauma is also continually expanding at a rapid pace. There are techniques that are useful to help manage the symptoms for single incident trauma and a more slow approach for more complex presentations. I bring creativity to the mix. As always, in treatment, we go as fast as we can and as slow as we need to.
I spent three years immersed in learning a relational therapy model when I was an intern with an organization called the Women's Therapy Center. While I have expanded the different modalities I utilize, relational therapy remains the foundation of how I approach clinical work. Therapy is work that both the client and I co-create together. It is important to look at the unique relationship that the client and I have created together and hold that relationship in a conscious way.
Many of my clients often are attempting to manage either previous trauma or another overwhelming issue by using the tools that they have on hand which have worked to contain the symptoms, but often create their own problems. This can include substance use, self injury or another form of addiction. I work in a non shaming way with the client to help them incorporate more safety and expand their options for managing their pain.
I have been working with a variety of forms of psychosis as a clinician since 2003. I have served as an assistant program manager and a program manager for several agencies that serve individuals struggling with [psychotic disorders. I have also managed programs and specialized in working with young adults (18 to 25 years) who are at an age where they experience early symptoms of psychosis and need support in navigating what is occurring and if it will be a short term difficulty or lifelong.
PTSD can show up in a variety of ways from a single incident issue that can temporarily destabilize an individual to more complex layers of traumatic experiences that build on each other. I feel that it is my responsibility to stay on top of the most recent research concerning trauma and to keep educating myself on ways to better help individuals no matter what presentation they show up with in my therapy practice. I also provide trainings to agencies on treating complex trauma.
I have been working with dissociative disorders since i began my work as a therapist. I have worked with a range of dissociative presentations from numbness and feeling out of touch with one's body to more complex presentations. I am constantly sharpening my skills and improving what I know about this disorder and how to help individuals heal more effectively.