I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy to individuals of all ages. I provide counseling and therapy to children, teens/adolescents and adults throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
My goal is to help children, teens and adults feel safe, understood, and successful in the process of therapy.
Many people benefit from brief therapeutic interventions to better cope with difficult situations. Often a combination of support, genuine listening and strategic discussions can provide individuals with new tools to deal with their particular situation. Others prefer and/or benefit from longer term, insight oriented or interpersonal psychotherapy.
My belief is that therapy must be individualized for every client. For younger children, I generally use play therapy techniques, such as sand tray therapy or art therapy, modalities that are both effective and enjoyable for the child. I also teach children age appropriate techniques to help them manage symptoms of anxiety, stress, interpersonal difficulties or mood changes. Parents and children also benefit from learning more about the nature of the child's difficulties as well as strategies that can be utilized at home and/or school to further address the child's needs. I am comfortable working with toddlers and preschoolers as young as 2 or 3 years of age who suffer from anxiety or mood changes, trauma-based symptoms and/or behavioral issues.