"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
In 1999 I received my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College (NYC) and earned my California license in clinical social work in 2008 (license # LCS24764).
My social work career began with serving seniors and adults with disabilities, mostly at in-home settings in a healthcare context.
About a decade into my career I found myself becoming interested in Chinese Medicine and energy work. I studied acupressure, Chi Gong, meditation, Rosen Method, Massage therapy, and EMDR.
I'm an Employee Assistance Specialist - Clinical (EAS-C).
I have held full-time positions at the following: VAMC (Veterans Affairs Medical Center), The Institute On Aging, St. Mary's Adult Day Health Care, Sutter Health Hospice, and Brown & Toland Medical Group. I've also enjoyed working part-time at the San Francisco Free Clinic where I created a class called "Gentle Movement for Emotional Health." Another organization I worked at that left a deep impression on me was Evolibri, which works with neuro-diverse young adults. These clients felt out of place and unaccepted. I practiced a creative and strengths-based approach to help them see and activate their gifts more effectively. They became more capable of being their authentic selves in their careers and relationships.
My experience in bodywork (massage therapy, Rosen method, and acupressure) has given me a deep appreciation for the importance of our mind-body connection. I love incorporating this holistic knowing into my counseling practice now. My social work background has trained me to instinctually see clients in the context of their social environments, and therefore consider all of the inner and outer factors contributing to the concerns that they bring to my office. I also tend to be a supportive person who naturally recognizes the strengths within others. I enjoy listening, validating, and then encouraging my clients to set effective, energizing goals and to mobilize their inner and outer resources. When appropriate, I will suggest EMDR therapy as a helpful supplement to our work together.
For our sessions, you will always be offered an opportunity to begin with a moment to become centered and to set an intention. If appropriate, I will also offer you some personalized self-acupressure and meditation routines.
In my sessions, I hope to create a safe place where you can show up exactly as you are—without judgement, guilt, or shame—and be able to freely explore where and how to make a shift. Your whole self—body, mind, and spirit—will be considered as we assess and address your presenting concerns.
As a commitment to myself and my clients, I continue to do my own personal growth work. I have a holistic energy coach I see regularly, and have a daily mediation practice. I'm also supported by an acupuncturist, as well as regularly attending yoga classes. I continue studying various topics related to counseling and coaching.