Relationship Counseling

Relationship therapy is appropriate before making a major life transition (such as marriage or children), and also when problems are identified. Often, people wait far too long to come to couples therapy, and it can feel hopeless. I’m here to help navigate out of this “stuck” feeling space, and re-establish what’s gone missing in your relationship. Sometimes one partner is not so sure about therapy—if this is the case in your relationship, you can call me to talk about it to decide what is right for your relationship before committing to therapy.

Individual Counseling

People choose therapy when they feel stuck in life. You do not have to have a mental illness in order to come to therapy! Therapists can help with lots of life’s problems by teaching skills, providing guidance, or simply to help improve self-awareness and increase happiness. Some people may be wondering if they are experiencing a diagnosable depression or anxiety (among other issues), and that is definitely a good time to come to therapy. As a licensed therapist, I am qualified to help identify mental illness in yourself or a loved one, and I am happy to help you understand what might be going on. However, I also believe that good therapy can be done without a mental health diagnosis, and we can talk more about that, too. I very much enjoy working with people concerned about their career, and helping people to navigate the complex political systems that many places of employment engender. Employment counseling can also be helpful for a company wanting to improve a strained relationship with a valuable employee they want to retain.

Teens

The changes that happen during the teenage years are often deeply personal and super confusing (for both parent and teen!). When teens have a safe space to talk about what’s going on for them, with a professional who can teach them actionable skills, this can ease the transition to adulthood for both the teen and their parents. My approach to working with teens is validating, fun, and skill-based, with a strong emphasis on transparency about confidentiality (privacy) between parents and teens. Not everything can be kept confidential (like if your safety is at risk), but I find with strong communication, we can strike a balance that parents and teens can agree on. Parents are often concerned with teenage experimentation with sex or drug and alcohol use, and it’s not always clear what should be done about this. Perhaps suicidal thinking or cutting has been a concern in your family. I have the experience to guide your family towards health, safety, and improved communication, while monitoring for anything that could affect normal development. If your teen is not tooooootally convinced about therapy, give them a chance to talk to me before committing —I’m always willing to talk on the phone before meeting!

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Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.
— Coco Chanel

I am…

  • Attentive and in tune, focused on you.

  • Energetic and enthusiastic!

  • Objective, secular, and nonjudgemental.

  • Affirming to LGBTQ+

  • Affirming of nontraditional relationships including unmarried couples, couples who don’t intend to have children, and nonmonogomous relationships.

  • A yoga enthusiast, with knowledge of how to take your practice off the mat

  • Passionate about the work of deepening intimacy in personal relationships and building efficacy in professional relationships.

  • A Feminist therapist: I treat both men and women with a recognition of the social and political context in which we live, and I treat my clients as equals. I am especially concerned with the changing expectations on men and women, and how individuals navigate when they don’t fit what is demanded of them by gender roles.

  • Qualified to work with couples, children, individuals, and families in San Diego. (LPCC#286; Confirmation of Qualification to Treat Couples and Families)

  • Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to increase mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills.

  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing to help you reach your goals by increasing your motivation to change in your own way.