About Me

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My approach to psychotherapy is empathic, collaborative, and goal-oriented. I believe that therapy is a partnership, and I aim to provide care in a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment. I am interested in your unique experiences and goals, and I will work with you to establish a treatment plan that fits you. It is my goal to help you explore the problems affecting your life currently and to address them, in order to improve your overall quality of life and reduce distress.

 

Education and Training

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27597) and I earned my Master’s and PhD from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP; now known as Palo Alto University). My clinical and research experience has been very diverse. I have worked at Stanford University, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Kaiser Permanente, Gardner Health Services, and the Gronowski Center. I completed my clinical internship at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, where I specialized in Geropsychology, Palliative Care, Chronic Pain, Trauma and PTSD, and Behavioral Medicine. I then completed my postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco with a specialty in Chronic Pain, before accepting a position at Kaiser Santa Clara Psychiatry Department as a licensed psychologist. Currently, I am the health psychologist at Kaiser South San Francisco in the Chronic Pain Department (in addition to my private practice work).

Expertise

I offer individual psychotherapy to adults and older adults struggling with a variety of mental health problems or stressors, including:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety, including general worries, social anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Changes and Transitions
  • Coping with Chronic Pain
  • Coping with Chronic Medical Conditions
  • Work or Family Stress
  • Relationship Difficulties

Evidence-Based Treatments Provided

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Prolonged Exposure for Trauma (PE)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)