“Peace begins within.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
I offer individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as therapeutic writing groups in downtown Santa Barbara, California. To comply with current standards of care and do my part in assisting with Covid-19 pandemic, I have moved my practice online. I am continuing to work with people via Zoom and on the phone.
My approach is comprehensive and long-term; my aim is to honor the complexity and experience of each person as I support my clients in a process that leads to lasting and meaningful change. This means helping my clients know themselves more fully, allowing them to move forward in their lives with a greater sense of inner freedom, self-belief, and optimism.
To my mind, addressing our inner worlds is the most radical and important thing we’ll ever do. The relationship we have with ourselves is what will determine our relationship with everyone and everything outside of ourselves. There is so much opportunity in the journey inward: it is my privilege to accompany people in this process of discovery and healing.
I’ve been in private practice, working with people individually and in groups, since 2015. What defines me as a therapist is my faith in the therapeutic process and my commitment to my personal and professional growth (which to me are synonymous).
I have and continue to benefit not just from my education (in classrooms and in life), but also from my own therapy. Being on both sides of the couch continuously reaffirms my faith in the human capacity to change and grow.
If you think that you might benefit from psychotherapy, please call me. I look forward to finding out whether I’m the right therapist for you.
Grief and loss, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, and issues of self-esteem.
The goal of psychodynamic therapy is to resolve issues that underlie unwanted symptoms. In working through these underlying issues, my clients can expect not only to heal, but also to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, resulting in a stronger sense of self.
Healing is a collaborative process that unfolds in the context of the relationship between therapist and client. A successful therapy requires skill and careful moment-to-moment consideration on the part of the therapist as well as active participation from the client. It is important that client and therapist be well-matched, which is why I meet with each person before a mutual commitment to treatment is made.
Since achieving a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychotherapy from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, I have consistently pursued further training in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy.
In addition to on-going group psychotherapy, I offer online therapeutic writing workshops.