I offer counseling and consulting to adults, couples, teens and tweens. I use a variety of counseling strategies, including mindfulness training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, trauma-informed care and other therapies that are proven by research to alleviate stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems. Find out more about different therapy options.
It is really up to you. I will offer you my professional recommendation, which may range from brief consultation to longer-term counseling, after a thorough assessment of your needs. As with any any expert advice, it is up to you to decide what priorities you are ready to work on and when. I specialize in brief counseling methods backed by research, which are often designed to be completed in 10 sessions or less. Some areas, such as childhood trauma, longstanding relationship problems, or major life transitions, may deserve additional attention and counseling. I will support you as you decide what level of counseling is appropriate for your needs.
A Self-Care Check-Up is a great option for folks who aren’t necessarily looking for long-term counseling, but who want to boost their emotional health. A Self-Care Check-Up includes 1-2 sessions of a holistic assessment of your emotional health, including self-care strengths and vulnerabilities. Depending on your personalized feedback, you may opt for additional sessions for targeted skill building in a specific area, such as burnout prevention, relationship strategies, or mood management. A Self-Care Check-Up allows you to check out the counseling experience, without having to make a long-term commitment. You can think of it like counseling a-la-carte. Take what you like, leave the rest. If you decide that traditional weekly or longer-term counseling is for you, then we can discuss those options as well.
Some of the most common reasons people seek out counseling include:
Life transitions and role changes
Relationship stress and couples counseling
Pregnancy, adoption, and parenting adjustment stress
Self-injury or suicidal thoughts
Alcohol and substance use concerns
Separation and divorce
Social skills training
I use the Gottman Method in my work with couples to develop healthier relationships grounded in friendship and shared meaning. These strategies are proven by research to help couples better manage conflict, adjust to major life transitions, and improve relationship satisfaction. My assessment of couples starts with an initial consultation with both partners, followed by individual sessions with each partner, and another joint consultation to discuss goals and strategies for the rest of therapy together. Both partners will complete the Relationship Check-Up, a comprehensive set of online questionnaires that assess a couple's strengths and challenges, allowing me to give you targeted therapeutic recommendations for improving your relationship. If you could improve one aspect of your relationship, what would it be?
My fees are $150 per 50 minute individual therapy or parent coaching session. I also offer consultation to couples for $175 per 50 minute session. I reserve some slots for sliding scale, so please get in touch if you are concerned about the cost of counseling. See also: tips for affording therapy.
My office is a brief walk from the 19th Street BART station, located across the street from gorgeous Lake Merritt, right by the Whole Foods. I chose my office location intentionally so that my clients could combine their counseling appointments with a relaxing walk around the lake or enjoy access to so many other lovely experiences in the neighborhood before or after their appointments. Therapy should be a restorative and enjoyable experience. My office ambiance and location are designed to support that goal.
Yes, I am equipped and licensed to provide online therapy or telecounseling to residents of California. There are special consent procedures and considerations with telecounseling that we will discuss before your first appointment. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your particular needs.
Yes. It is very important that therapy feels like a comfortable space to disclose whatever you wish. There are very few exceptions when I would be mandated to break confidentiality for your own protection or in accordance with state or federal law. Please see my Office Policies and Procedures for more information about your rights and confidentiality in counseling.
Fortunately, Oakland has a vibrant community of highly qualified therapists. Having so many options can also make it a bit overwhelming to find the best therapist for you. I encourage prospective clients to check out different therapists’ websites to get a sense of different therapeutic styles. My counseling style - as an example - is grounded in mindfulness principles and other evidence-based strategies that focus on the present and boost coping during periods of stress or transition. Other therapists may be more psychoanalytically or psychodynamically oriented, which means that they may spend more time examining your earliest relationships and attachments during the therapy process. Different styles can be useful for different needs. Individuals have to trust their gut when it comes to deciding what therapy style is best suited for their own priorities. I suggest that you interview a potential therapist about their therapy style so that you can get a better sense of their orientation. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to prospective clients to help them decide whether I am the right person for their needs. I welcome you to call or email me to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific goals for counseling.
Many of my clients first seek out counseling because low self-esteem has negatively impacted their confidence, relationships, or work performance. Luckily, therapy can be tremendously helpful in building self-esteem and self-acceptance. Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are excellent options to help interrupt negative thought patterns and learn new skills to develop a healthy self-esteem. Therapy allows you to set specific goals for improving self-esteem and gives you practice tools to succeed. Imagine: What would you accomplish if low self-esteem was no longer holding you back?
I cannot tell you how often I hear this question. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths about therapy and one common one is that going to therapy is a sign of weakness. I view seeking counseling as a sign of strength and dedication to your most important goals and values. Fortunately, attitudes towards counseling are changing as nearly half of American households seek these services each year. Talking to a counselor has many benefits, including: helping you feel less alone when facing a difficult situation, giving you a fresh perspective, and teaching you proven strategies to improve your life. A counselor can also help you find clarity on thinking through a problem, which often leads to new ideas. My goal as a therapist is to draw from an individual’s strengths and combine them with new skills to help you leave counseling with a greater sense of empowerment and competence in your own life. Sure, you can handle your problems on your own, but if it makes things just a little bit easier to access some support, then why wouldn’t you?
Great! Congratulations on taking an important step towards meeting your goals. I look forward to working with you. Call or email me and leave me a message with the best way and time to get back to you. I return calls/emails as soon as possible, so leave a message and I will reply back as soon as my schedule allows - or the next business day at the latest. I look forward to meeting you soon.