I have always had an inherent curiosity and desire to understand other peoples' experiences. When I was younger I used to walk down the streets of my hometown of New York City and think about all the people passing by and their many stories. Part of this curiosity was me searching for reference points to better make sense of my own life, family and feelings. Another part was an inclination toward existential wonder: What is our purpose? Why do we suffer? How do we make meaning of our experiences? Over time this curiosity grew into an awareness of the complexity and diversity of experiences as well as a core value to be of service to others.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and worked as a writer before pursuing a career as a therapist. After experiencing traumatic loss as a young adult I turned to buddhist psychology to usher me through my grief. It was this experience that solidified my career path as a psychotherapist. I hold a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies where I studied the convergence of western psychology and eastern philosophies with a particular interest in buddhism. I completed graduate training in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street. Additionally I worked for a decade in community mental health providing substance abuse counseling, psychotherapy and case management services to at-risk youth and their families and dually-diagnosed low-income and homeless adults.
My clinical training and professional experience includes work with youth, adolescents, couples, families, adults and seniors. I have worked with issues such as: interpersonal dynamics and communication, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, acculturation, sexuality and gender identity, addictions, chronic and severe mental illness, poverty, homelessness, community violence and criminality.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#80002) in the state of California and a member of CAMFT - the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.