A midwestern native (Michigan childhood, followed by college in Ohio, grad school in Michigan, and a decade in Chicago), I now happily call the Bay Area home. I am raising two children with my husband in Marin.
I earned my Master of Social Work (“MSW”) graduate degree in 2002 at the University of Michigan, where my focus of study was psychotherapy with children and families. My post-graduate work concentrated on treating families in crisis, where I provided intensive therapy and crisis intervention to both parents and families. My experience includes therapy and intervention in a large range of situations, as well as overseeing clinical decisions as a supervisor.
I am committed to studying and utilizing the latest research in psychotherapy and evidence-based practices. I maintain several professional affiliations through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Northern California Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Network (NCCBT), Postpartum Support International (PSI), and the Postpartum Action Institute (PAI). My license is with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, State of California: #LCSW73493
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
When working with me, you can expect a non-judgmental and supportive approach, a warm and genuine personality, and an environment of gentle challenge and safety. You can expect to address the issues that brought you to therapy, find integrity and authenticity in your communication, and strengthen your connection to yourself and others.
Information and emotions shared during sessions will be respected and protected with the utmost confidentiality.
Our work together will be focused on developing solutions, using evidence-based practices. Our treatment plan will be designed around your strengths and needs. Together, we will work towards your goals, developing positive tools, patterns, and habits to live your best life.
I am sensitive to the time commitment and cost of therapy. Working in a strategic, time efficient, and cost effective manner is an important part of my practice.
Sessions are 50 minutes in length. When family therapy takes place, the length of sessions will be discussed and typically extended to 80 minutes.
My fees are comparable to (and even lower than) market standards or rates for licensed therapists in the Bay Area with my training and years of practice. These costs are used to cover the cost of running a small business. Please call me to discuss how best to verify insurance benefits and submit claims. I am committed to working with you to maximize your insurance benefits.
HOW TO GET STARTED
1. Please contact me via phone or email to set up a complimentary phone consultation. During this call you will share why you are seeking therapy, I will introduce my practice, and together we will determine if we are a good fit. If we don't think working together is an ideal fit, I am happy to refer you to a different therapist, agency, or service to best meet your needs.
2. We will set up an initial appointment which will be an intake assessment. We will use this time to gather more information about your history, as well as strengths and preferences. This will allow us to collaboratively create your treatment plan.
3. The following sessions will take place weekly, or more frequently as needed.