THERAPY & ASSESSMENT
I value relational therapy, multicultural systems, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ+ affirmative care for adults and teens with whom I work. My practice includes working from an individual, couples, family, or group therapy approach. I find it useful to approach treatment through combining your goals for change, as well aiming to get to know yourself better as the foundation for therapy.
I have training and experience working with transgender and nonbinary adults and teens, as well as their support systems (partners, families, children.) I am also qualified to provide consultation and evaluation services in order to furnish documentation needed for medical transitioning by various providers and insurance companies.
I routinely provide consultation and trainings to mental health professionals and school professionals in clinical and educational settings on providing LGBTQ- and transgender/nonbinary- affirmative care.
TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
I received my doctorate in psychology from the Wright Institute (Berkeley, CA) in 2016. Throughout my training, I worked in various community mental health settings, as well as hospitals and assessment programs. My predoctoral internship was done at Integrated Health Psychology Training Program at Contra Costa Medical Center in Martinez, CA; I completed my postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Vacaville / Vallejo, CA. I continue to work at Kaiser Fairfield, CA as a Gender Specialist, as well as a clinical and psychological testing supervisor for the postdoctoral program. I run a small private practice in Davis, CA, conducting psychotherapy and assessment.
SERVICES I OFFER
I rely on a relational framework, using the relationship between us and our experience of one another to inform our work together. I find it useful to combine your goals for change as well as the aim to get to know yourself better as the foundation for therapy. I believe that the intersection of cultural identities inform each of our experiences, which is always at work, always relevant.
We all come to relationships with particular attachment styles, family histories, trauma experiences, identities, and expectations. Add life’s stressors to the mix, and at times we find ourselves challenged and needing to have some extra support, a place to re-connect and understand what we need from one another.
The family is a system and each member fulfills a particular role in that system. Some act as instigators, some as protectors, some as isolators, some as communicators. These roles are often so ingrained that they become invisible to those in the family, as do the strengths of the family. Thus, family therapy can help first recognize the strengths of the system and then identify each person‘s role to better understand what each member needs from one another to feel supported. When the level of distress relates to the family system, often it can be effective to meet with the whole family, alongside adjunct work with sub-systems (parents or parent child dyads) and at times individuals within the family. Systemic adjustments can be powerful and sustainable.
In particular, I have supported many LGBTQ+ individuals and their support systems (partners, parents, family members) in family therapy. Using an affirmative approach while also recognizing that support people are facing adjustment difficulties are important to preserving and strengthening family relationships.
People come to groups with a variety of experiences and associations; some positive, many negative. Group therapy, including the telling of one’s experiences, being witnessed by others, and feeling that you are not alone can be powerful ways to alleviate feelings of being isolated, under-resourced, or lacking support. In some cases and with certain issues, group therapy can be the most productive, change-motivating, supportive form of treatment.
I have a background in psychological testing: performing, teaching and supervising cognitive, social/emotional, personality, and ADHD assessment. Additionally, I have been trained and specializing in conducting evaluations required by providers and insurance companies to provide trans-affirming hormones and surgeries.
CONSULTATION & TRAININGS
I provide consultation and trainings to mental health professionals and school professionals in clinical and educational settings on providing LGBTQ- and transgender/nonbinary- affirmative care.
I am taking new clients! Please reach out if you think we might be a good fit. I offer a free phone consultation.