Individual Therapy – Designed and tailored to your individual needs. Can be used short term or long term. Progress in individual therapy tends to be greatest when attendance is consistent. Typically I see clients once per week for 50 minute sessions scheduled at a time that works for you. These can be held in person, at either my Berkeley or San Francisco offices or by video.
Video and Phone Sessions – Some people prefer the convenience and ease of meeting via an online video platform or telephone. Individual therapy as well as parenting consultation are available. At this time, group therapy is not available in this format.
Group Therapy – Women’s Trauma Healing Group.
A trauma recovery group specifically designed for women and female-identified people. This is a small (4 to 6 participants) group in which you will gain a deeper understanding of what trauma is, how it might be impacting you and what you can do about it. You will develop your existing strengths and learn new skills each week as you begin your journey toward true recovery. Above all, you will learn that you are not alone.
This group is recommended for women who are struggling with the effects of traumatic events in their past. Trauma can include childhood trauma such as sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse and neglect as well as adult trauma including assault and domestic violence. Trauma can interfere with relationships and many aspects of daily life including work, sleep, eating and self-care. Having experienced trauma, it is common for women to feel shame, anger, sadness, anxiety, alienation, hopelessness and fear. You may find that you have turned to things like alcohol, substances, eating, sex or harmful behaviors in an attempt to feel better. This group uses the principles of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Mindfulness to support changing the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are getting in the way of living the life you want. Rather than opening up the details of your past, we will focus on the present and how to feel ok right now.
Length – One 90 minute group meeting per week plus homework for 12 weeks with the option of extending participation for an additional weeks.
Infant Mental Health and Child/Parent Therapy – Working with a parent and child together can be very helpful in a range of situations. A parent and infant can benefit from working with a therapist when the baby is having difficulties with excessive crying, self-soothing, sleeping and in older children, excessive tantrums or other behavioral problems. This kind of therapy can help support parent-child attachment in a variety of situations including adoption, foster-care, parent and/or child trauma history, parents or children with developmental differences and parental mental health issues including post-partum anxiety and depression disorders. The therapist helps the parent to better understand or “attune” to the baby or child and to develop useful parenting strategies while also finding ways to pay attention to and take care of themselves.
It can be done alone or as an adjunct to individual adult or child therapy and can support attachment relationships, good communication and healthy family dynamics.
Areas of Expertise
- Women’s Mental Health
- Perinatal Mental Health
- Infant Mental Health
- LGBTQ Parenting and Family Support
- Trauma and PTSD
- Addiction and Recovery
- Family Conflict
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- BiPolar Disorder
- Life Transitions
Types of Therapy and Interventions Offered:
I integrate a number of evidenced based theories and practices into my work, tailored to your specific presenting concerns and goals for therapy.
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Infant/Parent Therapy
- Attachment Theory
- Seeking Safety
- DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Family Systems Therapy
- ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competence)
- NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics)
- Triple P Parenting Education
I offer a free phone consultation to discuss what’s bringing you to therapy at this time and how I might be of help. If it feels like I might be the right therapist for you we can then schedule an initial session to gather more information and come up with a plan for treatment.