About Me

Welcome! I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #49939) with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. I’ve had over 16 years of therapeutic experience working with a wide variety of children and adolescents in a wide variety of environments, including hospitals, group homes, and school settings within the Bay Area. I have a special focused experience in childhood trauma, which covers everything from long term illness and bereavement, to bullying and school issues, and beyond.

Alongside Bay Area psychologists and psychotherapists, I joined in the movement toward including Alameda County services for a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis for children under the age of 18. Today, psychotherapists are taking trauma treatment to a very effective level with children. I believe that with focused therapy and intervention, children can overcome and master all areas in their lives within a relatively short amount of time.

After many successes within amazing child-focused organizations in the Bay Area, I feel fortunate to bring these teachings to my private practice.

Some of my specialties include:

  • emotional challenges in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
  • Divorce and Separation
  • bereavement issues
  • emotional management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
  • social issues at school (bullying, isolation, difficulty making or keeping friends)
  • therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
  • social withdrawal or isolation
  • episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out)
  • a significant drop in grades or school performance
  • decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
  • mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
  • development of or an increase in psycho-somatic complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by a doctor