I center my work around self-compassion. I believe that only from a place of self-compassion can we feel grounded within ourselves enough to develop a compassionate relationship with others around us. I utilize mindfulness and somatic body oriented work in order to help us connect deeper with our self and our inner knowing and to be able to cultivate trust with ourselves.
So much of our pain has occurred in relationship to other people, and I believe it can be helpful to work towards healing in relationship as well. For this reason, I work relationally with my clients. I will sit and partner with you on your journey of exploration so that you are not alone. We may grow together as we learn to trust one another and ourselves.
I see the goal of therapy is to find wholeness amongst all parts of yourself. Together we will get curious about your life. We can look at any reoccurring experiences, feelings, imagery and symbols that may give us a better idea of the ways that your life is or isn't working for you. We will together begin to unravel and make space to explore, understand, and allow these parts of yourself to be expressed. We will work to no longer extricate ourselves from painful parts but instead invite them in an effort to find more acceptance and wholeness of being.
I help children, teenagers, and adults who are feeling anxious, lost, disconnected, overwhelmed, unstable, or alone. These feelings may be related to a specific season of life or could be ways that you’ve felt for a long time. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, identity exploration, survivors of intimate partner abuse, life transitions, and relationship issues. My approach is compassionate, engaged, and warm.
I work from contemporary psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, and relational approaches. I believe that deeper, sustained healing comes from exploring the root causes of suffering and untangling the patterns that keep individuals stuck. Although the process of therapy may feel difficult at moments, it is also often filled with creativity, relief, and discovery.
Please feel free to reach out directly to set up an initial phone consultation.
Sometimes it can be difficult to sort out all our feelings, especially when things are messy, confusing, and overwhelming. It is my belief that everyone can benefit from counseling to process the feelings that come with human experience. At the foundation of my practice is forming a strong therapeutic relationship with you. I believe the quality of our relationship is the basis of what can lead to healing. Gaining greater insight into yourself can help you carry out how you want to be in the world.
One of my passions is working with children and adolescents. It is often challenging for children to use words to express themselves that is required of traditional talk therapy. Using play and expressive arts can be a safe, and often fun, way for children to communicate and process uncomfortable and difficult feelings. In my work with children, it is also important for me to work collaboratively with their caregivers. I find that working together as a team can lead to the best possible outcome.
I look forward to getting to know you.
Ciara Devereux, M.A
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #110820
Voicemail: (805) 931-6044
Supevised by Shannon Valentine, LMFT #49086
“May you learn to live, every day of your life”
The greatest way to honor oneself and our time here on this earth is to put intention into finding our best self, nurture their growth, heal, and discover all the ways to truly LIVE during the days of our lives.
Often times life just isn’t working, plain and simple. That’s where therapy comes in. Together, through therapy, we can discover how to ride the waves, brave the storms, and find the patience and self-compassion to sit with the things we cannot change.
I take a collaborative, narrative, and attachment based approach to therapy, believing that the relationships in our early childhood, the stories about ourselves and our experiences, and our self-perception are the foundations to which we view the world, and more importantly, ourselves.
Together, let’s begin to heal and live.
Areas of focus:
Anxiety and Depression
Trauma, Grief, and Loss
Addiction & Recovery
Body Image and Self-Esteem
Emerging Adulthood and Transitions
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
What you seek is seeking you. - Rumi
Voicemail: (510) 463-4592
Supervised by Emily Gordon, LMFT #88491
If you are feeling alone, lost, angry, depressed, you are right where you need to be. Part of embracing your true self involves a process of shedding beliefs, assumptions, and habits that are constricting and learning to express what you’ve censured. At a young age, we learned to shut down feelings, wishes, and impulses that were not pleasing to our parents and society. This allows us to gain acceptance, but it constricts our spontaneity and playfulness. I will join my clients on their journey to discover where they lost touch with their inner child and help them to rediscover the most authentic version of their self.
The perfect parent, friend, or partner doesn’t exist, we have all been left alone when we needed someone and been hurt by someone we trusted. Until we heal our wounds with acceptance and loving-kindness, it is difficult to be present with our friends, family, and loved ones. Learning to truly love another means accepting who they are. We cannot do this until we learn to accept ourselves which takes vulnerability and courage. The space I offer my clients is one in which you can untangle the burdens of the past and discover why you feel stuck. It is a safe place where you can begin to understand the different feelings, desires, and fears that are bubbling up inside and asking for acknowledgement.
Connections often break down in relationships when challenges come our way. Couples therapy can not only help but can greatly enhance your relationship by providing you with the opportunity to learn new communication skills and by getting a better perspective about your patterns of behavior and where they come from. High stress levels always seem to provoke these old patterns which can include shame, defensiveness, blame, and criticism towards one another. Let’s work together to break through these destructive patterns and create a more fulfilling quality of partnership.
I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.My work history includes helping a wide variety of people, all with different backgrounds and unique concerns. I use many therapeutic tools, employed according to the needs of my clients. These tools include but are not limited to, Gestalt and Art therapy, Psychodynamic explorations, Spiritual inquiry, and EMDR.
EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.) is one of the best treatments I have found for the treatment of traumatic events, bad memories, and changing negative beliefs. EMDR is an evidence based psychotherapy for PTSD, and positive outcomes have also been documented implementing EMDR with many other conditions. The key to EMDR, and what makes it so fundamentally different from other psychotherapies, is bilateral stimulation of the two hemispheres of your brain. What we have learned is that by stimulating both sides of a person’s brain through sensory input, we can help the brain initiate its own healing process.
It is my privilege to work with you through these important inner journey's. I would be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns. Please give me a call on my confidential line, 415-483-9393 or check out my website at Fontainetherapy.com
Each moment in life offers us the chance to become the fullest expression of who we really are. In therapy I help to hold a space where we can explore anything that might be keeping you from that fullest expression. This might mean finding a deeper connection between your mind and body. It might mean getting a new perspective on some of the stories you have been telling yourself. It might mean consciously having a different experience here than you have had in other situations in life. I draw on a background in mindfulness practices and integral psychology to help find what works best for you. I believe that therapy always works best in a space of safety, warmth, and compassion. My approach can help you with:
- Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disturbances
- Grief and Loss
- Intimacy Issues and Relationship Challenges
- Spiritual Inquiry, Self Exploration, and Finding Meaning
- Substance Abuse
Whatever we work with and whatever route we take, the power of this work comes from what we create together.
You’re overwhelmed, tired of running into the same problems, and are sick of going through it alone. Something in your life is demanding that you make a change. My goal is for us to work together to find a new way of experiencing your life so that you feel empowered and at peace.
I don’t believe in playing the anonymous therapist who quietly sits back and analyzes you. Our work benefits from the genuine presence, creativity, and humor that I bring to our relationship. I use an empathetic, no-nonsense approach, aiming to understand your concerns without judgment while also providing a caring and honest outside perspective.
You can expect to feel both supported and challenged in your work with me. I believe it's important that we get to the truth of what you’re going through and work from a deep level, even when that’s difficult. I welcome you to reach out to see if you think we'd be a good fit.
Tristan Hembree, M.A.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Supervised by Janine Darwin, LMFT #46778
Do you identify as someone who does not measure up to the person you were expected to be, or someone who does not fit certain norms? Maybe you are someone who feels unfulfilled or stagnant in life and yearns for more? Are you going through an unexpected or challenging life transition? If so, we can work together to bring forth a more robust expression of who you are and heighten your sense of aliveness as well as help you identify where you want to go in life and develop the skills and awareness necessary to successfully navigate there. My therapy practice includes a diverse group of clients who are addressing challenges at different points in their lives.
I will support you in contacting and experiencing parts of yourself that are vital for greater self-understanding, self-acceptance, self-expression, healing, and integration.
I want to work together with you to identify barriers to authentic contact with self and others, and assist you in creating opportunities to shift patterns in your life that may no longer be serving you. This process is engaged by facilitating your awareness of physical, emotional, and cognitive elements of experience. To support this work, I offer you a warm, inviting, inclusive, culturally-sensitive environment for therapy as well as a direct ‘to-the-point’ style that aims get to the heart of the issues you want to work on.
To understand and accept who we really are, we need to have a relationship where we feel truly understood and accepted. To hear and value ourselves, we need to feel heard and valued. Therapy is a place to begin this process. By reflecting on ourselves, we may be able to begin discovering the ways we become stuck.
We are all conditioned through our familial, cultural and societal systems. By examining the intersections of our identities, we can look closer at how early experiences have shaped us. In our sessions, I offer an environment that fosters deep listening and multi-cultural understanding. My training has provided me with the opportunity to work with a wide range of ages and life stages. As a first generation Korean-American, I am sensitive to the challenges of acculturation. I come from a strengths-based perspective and believe that within us, we all have the capacity for healing and transformation.
I have been married for almost 30 years and raised three grown children. Currently, I am with my 93-year-old parents so I am familiar with the many roles we all play along with the complexities of all types of relationships.
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Voicemail: (415) 741-3822
Supervisor: Emily Gordon, LMFT #88491
Hi, my name is Ariella. I love the work that I have been called to do as a therapist. I feel deep gratitude to be here with you on your path towards healing, vitality and acceptance.
Many of us have learned how to live by stifling and suppressing parts of ourselves. My work focuses on helping you become more aware so that you can live a more authentic and meaningful life. I bring warmth, compassion, and humor to this work. I look forward to meeting you. Reach out for a consultation!
Taune Lyons, M.A
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Voicemail: (415) 228-0489
Supervised by Travis Robinson, LMFT #84331
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” - Carl Jung
I believe that acknowledging and accepting each and every part of our selves creates a foundation of self-worth, resilience, and nourishing wholeness - and that unraveling and intentionally reframing or rewriting the stories we tell ourselves is how we empower growth and live most authentically.
I see the process of psychotherapy as emotional midwifery. While clients dive inward, I aim to provide support holistically, parsing out limiting belief systems and rigid or "autopilot" ways of thinking and being in the world, as well as helping to identify and build out emotional vocabulary - resulting in a co-creation of integration and healing.
Some areas we may work on are:
Finding your mission, meaning, and purpose
(whether you're 18 or 80)
Inquiry into attachment, intimacy, and sex, for healthy, conscious relationships
Defining your sexuality & gender
Emotional awareness, needs, and boundaries
Connecting with your inner child and reparenting them
Becoming less reactive and more mindful, intentional, and present
Integration: creating meaning from painful or potent experiences
Bringing more pleasure and play into the everyday
Jasmine Mazlumyan, M.A
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #106280
Voicemail: (415) 483-2562
Supervised by Emily Gordon, LMFT #8849
“A life unexamined is not worth living..” Socrates
Find your truth. Speak your truth. My work in psychotherapy is to help you on your personal growth journey. We’ll uncover what lies beneath the surface, and reveal the lotus that you are. We all have work to do in order to grow and sometimes that can be difficult. However, it is through this difficulty that we can cultivate our most authentic selves.
I will help you uncover the blockages that keep you from living your fullest life. Through interpersonal dialogue, relationship, and somatic awareness we can tap into your own hero’s journey and cultivate a life that’s worth living for you. “
Choosing a therapist is important. Using your own internal compass to guide this choice is the first of many brave steps you will take in this journey of self-discovery.
I hope to be able to walk alongside you as you navigate your way towards a better understanding of your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and dreams.
I approach the work in a heart centered holistic way. That means I work with all aspects of you.
I have a 10yr history of experience with diverse groups of individuals, working in both mental health and substance abuse. I have a rich understanding of how these complex issues impact individuals/communities and families.
As a Drug and alcohol counselor I worked within a harm reduction model, that focussed on a holistic approach, using both Western and Eastern interventions to include: Care planning, needle exchange, auricular acupuncture and reiki.
I was able to witness the powerul link between emotional, psychological and physiological issues, and how the body (or soma) can both hold wounding and be a powerful vessel of healing. This led me to embark upon my Masters in Somatic Psychotherapy at JFKU.
I am passionate about incorporating the mind –body- spirit connection in therapy, and use modalities such as: guided imagery, mindfulness, breath work and Hakomi.
My areas of interest include:
Existential questions about one’s life purpose, and finding meaning in life
Food and body image concerns
Developing self-love and compassion
Living with chronic pain
As an expat I understand the challenges of locating to a new country, and welcome the opportunity to work with people struggling to settle in the US.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Lori Moreci, M.A
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #118972
Voicemail: (415) 843-1943
Supervised by Gargi Patel, LMFT #101986
Finding our way through difficult times can feel challenging and lonely. You don’t need to be alone. Together, we can take steps to explore integrating past, present, body, mind, and spirit in a strength based way.
I access my life experience and my experience working in the service industry for many years to develop a strong rapport and understanding of who you are. I have a strong belief that the answers are found within yourself by accessing your spirit. Mindfulness and meditation are tools that we might use on our journey. I will reflectively and empathically listen and support you in finding your inner wisdom and your most authentic self. I take a Humanistic and Client-Centered approach, while allowing for space to explore spirituality. I also utilize art therapy and behavioral techniques when appropriate.
My interests and current focus are in working with traumatic experiences (complex trauma and PTSD), depression, anxiety, chronic health issues, and life transitions. Being a native of San Francisco, I welcome, connect, and embrace all walks of life.
Asking for help can be scary. I’m glad you have taken the courageous step towards finding your innate aliveness and wholeness.
At times, it can feel like we are controlled by our past. We want to change but we continue to find ourselves in the same cycles, unable to find a way out. It affects our moods, reactions, relationships, and our ability to find compassion for ourselves.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. I will walk alongside you as you remember your authentic self and reclaim your power over the present. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy that involves the whole person, including Somatic Experiencing and other body-based approaches. Somatic Experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of trauma by focusing on your perceived body sensations. I am curious about the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit and I bring patience, warmth, and heart-centered listening to this exploration. My approach can help you with:
-Grief and Loss
Whatever you are facing is welcome and does not need to be faced alone.
Jennifer Newnam, M.A
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #95250
Voicemail: (415) 942-2170
Supervised by Jennifer Press, LMFT #41982
“We repeat what we don’t repair.” -Christine Langley-Obaugh
Life and personal challenges can feel overwhelming and be difficult to navigate alone. I believe
in providing you a safe and supportive space to share your story and work with you to find
healing and a new way forward. Together, we will work on strategies to address the root causes
of your difficulties while deepening your self-awareness and self-compassion.
My approach to therapy is warm, caring, and collaborative. I integrate a wide variety of
techniques and modalities into my work, such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy,
guided imagery, expressive arts, stress-reduction, and mind-body awareness, which allows
me to provide guidance that is tailored to your unique experience.
I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. I have experience
working with individuals, couples, children, and families. Prior to The Marina Counseling
Center, I worked in both hospice and school settings.
My areas of focus include:
• Grief and Loss
• Life Transitions
• Identity and Self-esteem
I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you!
Heather O'Neill, M.A
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #103782
Voicemail: (415) 644-8595
Supervised by Emily Gordon, LMFT #88491
People seek therapy for many different reasons. Whether you need support for a difficult life transition, notice ingrained patterns that you want to change, or seek personal or spiritual growth, the choice to begin therapy is an act of self-empowerment.
I believe that we are inherently relational beings. Sharing our stories, wounds, and whole selves within the support of a trusting relationship is not only an important component of the healing process, but a part of our DNA.
With this in mind, I hold the quality of the relationship between myself and my client as the foundation of the therapeutic process. I will support you with warmth, curiosity, and honest reflection as we build a safe, trusting relationship where we get to know your truest self, underneath all of the layers imposed by the various demands of life.
From this place of truth, we can discover your most authentic wants and needs. We can examine what is really getting in the way. We will work together to make meaning of these barriers and leverage them into opportunities for growth and change.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with people from many different backgrounds with many different concerns. In my experience, no two stories are alike.
I am an integrative therapist, meaning that I draw upon the wisdom of many modalities to support your unique circumstances. As a longtime yoga practitioner, my appreciation for the mind, body, heart, and spirit connection deeply influences my work. In fact, this appreciation led me from my previous career in advertising to the world of therapy, both as a client and therapist. I’d love to share the value of therapy with you.
If you’d like to work with me, please feel free to reach out to me at 415-644-8595 for a free consultation.
Everyone has a right to feel safe and supported, and to live life according to their own sense of authenticity and meaning. Therapy is a time when we can focus on specific questions, intentions, and goals, while also taking time to slow down and recharge from the pressures of life. I aim to create a comfortable space to explore new approaches to old problems, identify and build upon strengths, and find creative ways to meet life’s challenges. I love getting to know each client as a unique individual and witnessing them grow into stronger, more peaceful, and more joyful versions of themselves. I work in an integrative, holistic way, bringing together talk therapy, mindfulness and stress management, and incorporating creative resources to make space for aspects of experience that can’t be expressed in words.
I knew I wanted to become a therapist when I went through my own process of healing, connecting with practitioners who were truly able to walk beside me on my journey and support me unconditionally. As a result of having walked the path myself, I bring warmth, humor, and an attentive, non-judgmental presence to my work, along with a genuine desire to go the distance with each and every client.
Oftentimes, we hide a part of ourselves out of fear of judgement or pain. Therapy is a place to bring your whole self--whatever that may look like for you. My work is grounded in cultivating a safe and accepting space for you to share your desires, fears, passions, worries, and more. Healing begins when we shift our mindsets towards having more self-compassion and giving ourselves space to be imperfect (which we all are!). I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to therapy, but rather a collaborative one. My hope is that we can begin the therapeutic journey together by focusing on what is most salient for you.
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to be in therapy. I look forward to being able to support you on your journey.
I work with adolescents, adult individuals, and couples who may be dealing with:
For me, healing is a psychological and spiritual awakening. It is a return and a reorientation to the authentic self. I believe in the power of empathy, storytelling, embodiment, and creativity. Every person's life has meaning, and everyone has a story to tell. I would be honored to hear yours.
My approach is spacious, direct and personal. I listen deeply and carefully, and offer honest reflections. In this way, therapy acts as a powerful mirror through which you can see and understand yourself more clearly, and make changes that have lasting impacts on your life.
My work is grounded in traditional psychodynamic theory, blending depth psychology with studies in attachment, neuroscience, and developmental psychology.
My specialties include working with symptoms related to early developmental trauma, including low self- esteem, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and panic attacks. I also work with women who have histories of sexual trauma and couples who are premarital and want to resolve differences and issues related to long-term commitment, and married couples who have experienced an affair or are exploring polyamory.
Outside my work as a therapist, I teach therapeutic intuitive movement classes. I have a background in Political Theory and Poetry, and I maintain a strong connection to social activism and the creative process.”
Seeking therapy is a big step. It’s important to find a therapist you connect with, which can also be quite challenging in itself. As your therapist, I aim to provide a warm, accepting space that will allow each part of you to enter the room. By developing a trusting relationship, we will help you get more in touch with the thoughts and feelings that trouble you. These might include depressive tendencies, anxious thoughts, relationship concerns, or something else entirely. It can be easy and tempting to try to ignore or get rid of these unpleasant feelings, but that often doesn’t work. By learning to really be with and understand these feelings, you will be able to transform them, allowing you to live the life you want.
I’ve developed these perspectives on therapy and self-growth through my own journey. I started off steeped in the analytical worlds of chemistry and technology startups. After realizing I was not happy in these fields, I began seeing my own therapist, which got me more in touch with my creative and spiritual side. This led me to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where I gained an MA in counseling psychology. Experiences in these different areas has led me to deeply value both the analytical and creative realms in my practice of psychotherapy.
Regarding style, I draw particularly from humanistic, mindfulness, and relational approaches, and I use modalities such as Hakomi body-centered therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Gestalt psychotherapy.
It can be healing to share your story with someone who truly listens, empathizes, and validates. Someone who can relate objectively and non-judgmentally. Someone who can hold space for and tolerate all emotions, even those that seem intense, overwhelming, and scary.
It can be life-changing simply to have a space and time once a week that is just for and about you. A space that is safe and welcomes all aspects of who you are, even those that you feel you can’t show to anyone else. A space that honors imperfection and encourages humanity. A space in which you aren’t alone.
I come from a creative arts background and I am also an experienced yoga practitioner and teacher. I believe in working collaboratively, relationally, and conversationally. I work with a range of issues, including anxiety, relationships, transitions and change, existential and spiritual inquiry, and childhood trauma. I have experience working with both adults and children.
I work somatically and relationally, and believe that when we are truly seen by another, something stirs within our wisest self that guides what we most need to know for healing. My approach is creating a safe space for this wisest self to navigate the way. My style is compassionate and direct; I believe transformation happens when we can see ourselves clearly, with curiosity, and without shame or judgment.
I have a background in yoga and the healing arts, where I specialized in working with individuals with physical disabilities. The body's capacity for resilience and healing has astounded me. In our sessions, somatic practices and curiosities help reveal much of what wants to be expressed through the body through movement, images, gesture, playfulness, sensation, and breath.
I welcome all populations and practice from an anti-oppression lens, specializing in work around sex, sexuality, health crises, dis-ease/disability, mind/body healing, PTSD, anger, and life transitions.
By Your Stumbling, the World is Perfected.
Change is Possible. Let me help you work through the problems that have held you back from achieving the life you deserve. I offer a safe environment for you to explore your problems and gain a better self-understanding. Together we can create a plan for moving forward. I use a variety of theoretical approaches, but all rely on nonjudgmental listening, acceptance, and empathy.
Whether you are seeking help for the first time, or are choosing to revisit unfinished personal goals, now may be the time for you to take the risk of trying therapy. You have nothing to lose but your problems.
I spent many years working in technology in the banking industry. I’ve also spent time teaching, from children to graduate students. I got my masters degree in psychology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
I have worked with those who struggle with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, and substance abuse. I am prepared to help you, no matter what your unique problems are.
Bravely stepping out of our comfort zone and navigating with curiosity and an open mind what we find challenging and painful allows us to grow and transform. My job is to help you feel safe, understood and connected while engaging in this exploration together.
My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental and collaborative, ultimately trusting in your wisdom and inner knowing. I have found that by bringing awareness to our minds, emotions and bodies we are able to notice conditioned beliefs, thoughts and behaviors that may no longer serve us. When we make space to understand and allow our experiences and all of our ourselves, we are able to shift away from limiting patterns and beliefs and move toward more agency and greater acceptance.
In addition to having worked at the Integral Counseling Center and The Cove elementary school, I have a background and ongoing practice in fine arts. I am also a spouse and parent. I intimately understand the challenges and joys presented by the creative process, and those presented in maintaining healthy, loving relationships.
I welcome diversity of all kinds and have experience working with a wide range of issues including life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, high sensitivity, trauma, parenting and relationships.
“Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear truth in themselves, often for the first time.” ― Rachel Remen
How often in your life do you feel truly heard and accepted, just as you are?
My primary goal as a therapist is to create a space for deep listening, where you can feel heard, understood, and accepted, not only by me, but also by yourself.
I begin with gratitude for the honor of being invited into your life. As we get to know each other, I join with you in your experience and work with you to acknowledge and understand your pain and joy. Throughout, I maintain the conviction that you have the resources you need to respond to the difficulties in your life, even if you don’t yet feel that way.
My approach is collaborative and grounded in deep empathy and respect. My style is flexible, informal, and guided by your preferences.
Please contact me to discuss how I can support you.
Much of the work I gravitate towards comes from my deep belief in the intelligence of the body and the wisdom of the heart. Combined with my clinical training in psychotherapy, my work is influenced by my love and respect for yoga, mindfulness, breath work and exploration of the spiritual. My approach is integrative and client-centered, with a strong foundation in Attachment Theory and early childhood development.
My framework also includes mind-body awareness, using the somatic experiential modality called Hakomi. In Hakomi, limiting core beliefs can be accessed by mindfully bringing attention to the body and integrating emotions, images, sensations and memories, allowing for the development of new neural pathways, and thus new positively reinforcing experiences, to be formed. This tremendously effective modality offers clients a way to deepen into their experience with the guidance of a professional psychotherapist in a way that is gentle, yet profound.
Through compassion, awareness and careful listening I look forward to working with you in a way that feels safe, supportive and collaborative. I honor wherever my clients are on their journey and believe in cultivating space, and curiosity as we navigate this path together. I am truly honored to be a guide and witness to your unique experience of remembering your wholeness and opening up to new possibilities which deeply serve you.
Telling our stories, from the sacred to the everyday, the uplifting to the distressing, can shed light on what it means to be human. What is your unique story? Transformation is possible when one speaks their truth and is fully seen in that truth in connection with a compassionate other. My intention is to honor all parts of your story and to welcome your whole experience.
My style of working is warm, interactive and collaborative. In addition to my education and training, I find my practice to be informed by my varied life experiences. I have a strong background working in the arts, non-profits and fundraising as well as within the healing arts. As a parent, I find continual awe in relationship and the unfolding of human experience. With a love of nature and a curiosity in what connects us all, I welcome you.
My hope is to support you in sharing your truth, seeing your authenticity and allowing yourself to be and grow within the natural intelligence that is you.
Discovering a meaningful life can feel like a dubious task at times. In my experience, the journey toward meaningful change carries more surprises than one may imagine.
My passion for this work is fueled by my view that every individual already has the answers they are seeking, whether they realize this or not. On our brief time on this planet, therapy provides an invaluable gateway toward healing, self-discovery, and more often than not, an expanded awareness. What else lies in this work is for you to discover.
Having worked at a school-based setting for a year, I have extensive experience working with children and families. Additionally, I also work with individuals, couples, and adolescents. I utilize a strengths-based and integrative approach so that I can meet the unique needs of my clients. Areas of focus for my work include:
Self-esteem and Identity Development
Body Image/Eating Disorders
Addiction (with focus on harm reduction)
I look forward to meeting you. Therapy is not always easy. But it’s usually worth it.
Feeling comfortable in your own skin is a life skill that is mainly developed in relationship to other people, for better or for worse. Together we can explore how you feel about yourself, your life, and your relationships. We will work on your “content” (past, present, future) and on your process. I aim to support you to be as authentic as possible in session with me. Ours is a safe space to try to hone in on what you may need to feel more comfortable in your own skin at this time.
You may have experiences from the past you want to review and understand better, you may be feeling trapped in a present that feels unbearable, or you may have anxiety or depression that interferes with a vision of your future life. When we meet, I will ask why you’ve come and together we can find where you want to go.
At its best, our time will be healing and generative. At its worst, you will experience with me some of what you have experienced with others. My hope is to work with you in relationship so that you get closer to getting your needs met through intention, recognition, and repair.
The dominant cultural norms around gender roles, love, and relationships set us up for suffering. Our very culture and institutions have normalized disconnection, inauthenticity, and abuse. So many of us keep spinning our wheels, exhausted and doing all the emotional work in one-way relationships, begging for crumbs from partners who are unavailable or abusive. We feel lost and hopeless. Our hearts are hardened or broken, and we feel trapped in a mixed cloud of cynicism and hope.
I was caught on that battlefield for a long time. As I've liberated myself from that pattern, I became passionate about helping others free themselves from painful emotional, behavioral, and relationship patterns. Grounded in a desire for social change, I take a critical multicultural feminist and whole-person approach to healing and transformation. As a WOC born in Brazil, who migrated to the US in 2004, I'm familiar with the difficulties of acculturation and systemic oppression. I've worked with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, and I offer a non-pathologizing, culturally-sensitive and collaborative perspective to support my clients in developing self-awareness, establishing significant relationships with others, and navigating life challenges.
I have a passion for working with:
Relationship issues and intimacy challenges
Codependency and boundaries
Confidence and self-doubt
Grief and loss
My work is steeped in my unshakable belief in the strength of the human spirit. I hope to encourage you to honor your humanity, learn to trust yourself, and reclaim power, clarity, confidence, and love back into your life.