My clinical training was completed at Smith College School for Social Work where I received my M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, and at Stanford University’s Vaden Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services where I completed a post-graduate Fellowship. Additionally, I was awarded a year-long Fellowship with the American Psychoanalytic Association. To further deepen my practice, I completed a two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP), and one-year post-graduate seminar at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.
Informed by contemporary psychoanalytic and attachment theories, I work with paitents to explore underlying emotions and beliefs that affect their mood, behavior and quality of relationships with others. I pay close attention to the therapeutic relationship that develops, and activetly engage with patients to recognize repetitive patterns of relating that emerge in the consulting room. Often times, these patterns mirror those that are problematic or frustrating in an individual's own life. With a focus on treating relationship challenges, life transitions and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, I also implement interventions informed by empirically-supported behavioral therapies.
In addition to my private practice, my clinical experience includes a tenure as a staff clinician at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (Redwood City). There, I worked with individuals and families to understand and treat disordered eating. I provided individual, couples, famiily and group therapy. In addition to my direct clinical responsibilities within Kaiser, I held a leadership role in program management and development, provided ongoing consultation to local and regional medical and mental health clinicians, and facilitated trainings for post-doctoral students.
I have also worked with chronic and acute psychiatric disorders as a psychiatric social worker at the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry. There, I completed psychiatric assessments, provided solution-focused treatment and psychoeducation, and was responsible for discharge planning for adult patients on six cultural-focus inpatient psychiatry units.
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