My goal is that we work together to help you move forward, flourish and live in a way that is aligned with your values.
Post-Doctoral Fellow in , CA
I am passionate about working with women around struggles such as identity, self esteem, relationships, depression, anxiety and life transitions. I aim to both center the resilience of women and empower women as we work together in therapy.
I have worked with adolescents at Stanford University School of Medicine's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in the adolescent inpatient unit at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. In both locations I provided evidence-based clinical services. Within the inpatient unit I collaborated with patients to build their tools around emotion regulation and crisis management. My work with adolescents has centered on depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationships.
Experiencing depression is a common experience. I have worked with folks grappling with depression across all ages and across different settings. I use a psychodynamic-interpersonal framework while integrating different evidence based treatment modalities, such as CBT, DBT and ACT to address depressive symptoms. Often times treatment involves a great deal of self-compassion, strengthening of coping skills, and building of new tools.
In therapy I typically work using a dynamic framework. Under this lens, attention is paid to recurrent interpersonal dynamics in an individual's life- especially if they are playing a role in any present distress. Often times we develop patterns of relating to others that served us when we were young, but which might not necessarily be serving us presently- therapy can be useful in shifting these patterns. Dynamic therapy involves a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.
Given that I see the value different evidence based treatments, my theoretical orientation is integrative. I treat from a client-centered perspective in which I integrate the evidence-based treatments (such as DBT, CBT, psychodynamic and ACT) that are best suited for a given patient’s unique background, symptomatology and needs. I also consider biopsychosocial and multicultural factors.
I am presently part of a group practice which offers comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), including individual therapy, group therapy, phone coaching and team consultations. I am receiving supervision, specific to DBT, as I continue to receive additional training in DBT. Last year I co-led a DBT group for adults in an outpatient clinic and led a DBT group for adolescents in an inpatient unit. DBT recognizes that people are doing their best and that there is room to grow.