I am a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Aptos, California. I offer holistic psychotherapy with an emphasis on somatic or body-oriented work that includes the specialized approach of Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle way of resolving symptoms of post-traumatic stress and nervous system dysregulation. Holistic psychotherapy cares for the mind/body/spirit connection, and acknowledges people in the fullness of who they are as individuals as well as their cultural identity. My aim is to be inclusive of the diverse range that constitutes the human experience. Working holistically also means that I draw from a variety of psychological theories and view the therapeutic process from a number of perspectives that span from practical to mystical.

My approach is to work with whoever and whatever is presented to me and to make appropriate referrals if my clients need extra support that I am unable to provide or treatment that is out of my scope of practice. That said, the following are areas of interest and experience, but to which my services are not limited:

Adolescents and issues of identity, separation,

   and individuation

Alternative lifestyles and diversity issues

Anxiety and Depression



Issues of sexuality and sexual diversity

Parent/child dynamics

Trauma and attachment

Women’s issues

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