M.S.W. in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I have been practicing in the field of psychology since 1994. I attended the University of Hawaii for a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and San Francisco State University for a Master of Social Work (MSW). I’ve held clinical positions with UCSF, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Marin General Hospital, among others.
I am drawn to the field of psychology because I enjoy helping people feel better. I take an interactive approach, listening and providing feedback, and strive to create an environment in which you can tackle the problem you’ve come to therapy to address. I’ll work with you to to understand how to make change to the habits, patterns and behaviors that have kept you stuck. I do this primarily through the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques, teaching you the skills and tools that research has shown are the most effective approach for growth, change and managing through difficulties.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy focuses on understanding how our thoughts and habits can keep us stuck in patterns that prevent problem-solving and inhibit confidence, joy, forgiveness and inner peace. I have participated in CBT training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Dr. Judith Beck and Deborah Beck Busis, LSW. I have also participated in training with Dr. David Burns, Stanford professor and author of the book on CBT for depression and anxiety, Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy.
I have done this work myself. In 2007 I started the process of tackling my lifelong issue with weight and body image, using CBT theory and practice, to lose over 80 pounds and maintain change. I did this through addressing unhelpful beliefs and thought patterns, barriers in the present, goal-setting and behavior change. Through this process I was able to develop the tools and confidence to move forward, imperfect and ever-learning, self-accepting and more peaceful. It is a joy to work with people in discovering and developing the skills and habits needed to heal, feel better and move forward.