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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #52259, San Francisco Bay Area

I provide couple Psychoanalytic psychotherapy that is powerful and confidential, creating a supportive and safe environment for exploring your issues.

My intention for my clients is to create either a short term structured approach with clear goals for therapy or long term depth analytic approach for those wanting deeper exploration. My method is to help couples and individuals think and make sense of their concerns. I help explore the deeper causes of distress in your relationships and together think about your present situation, your history, and what gets in the way of happiness and satisfaction. 

I specialize in Couple Therapy and Marriage Counseling, I also help individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their personal relationships. Couples come in seeking repair of betrayal or old hurts, and to uncover frustrating patterns that continue to repeat again and again. Others wish to build a more solid foundation or explore whether they want to stay together. 

In my clinical approach, I provide modern talk therapy for mood, trauma, and relationship issues. I am trained in Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDP) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) methods to help couples and individuals.

 

SPECIALTIES

 
 
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Couple Therapy
  • Relationship Counseling: Sex and Intimacy Issues
  • Co-dependency
  • Polyamory
  • Infidelity and Affairs
  • Restoring Trust, and High Conflict, LGBTQ Couples and Gender Issues
  • LGBTQI Queer Couples 
 
 
 

EDUCATION

TRAININGs  

2017-2018

Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group (PCPG)- Year 2
with Shelley Nathans, PhD, Rachel Cooke, PhD, Julie Friend, PhD, Milton Schaefer, PhD, et al. 

2016-2017
Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group (PCPG)- Year 1
with Shelley Nathans, PhD, Julie Friend, PhD, Milton Schaefer, PhD, Rachel Cooke, PhD, et al. 

2015- (ongoing)
Psychoanalytic Couples Consultation
with Shelley Nathans, PhD.

2014-15
EFT Core Skills Training
with Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD

2014
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples Externship
with Sue Johnson, PhD and Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD

2012-2013
AEDP Essential Skills
with Karen-Pando Mars, MFT et al. 

2011-2012
AEDP Core Training for Couples
with David Mars, PhD

2011
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Externship
with Diana Fosha, PhD

2010-2016 (ongoing) 
Couples Consultation Group
with Michael Klein, PhD

2009-2012
Gestalt Therapy
with Lu Grey, MFT, Gieve Patel, MFT, and Frank Rubenfeld, PhD

DEGREES and LIcense

Current
California Institute of Integral Studies       Post graduate PhD program earning a doctorate in Depth Psychology

2013
Founder of San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center
In 2013, my colleagues and I founded The San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center, Inc. in order to provide excellent affordable treatment for couples and individuals to improve their relationships. 

2012-2013

Co-Founder of Bay Area Gestalt Institute

2007
California Institute of Integral Studies 
Master’s degree

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

State of California #52259 


I have studied the lineage of psychotherapy from its roots of psychoanalytic theory of Freud, Bion, and Klein, the dreamwork and depth of Jungian psychoanalytic theory, to the current attachment approaches of Sue Johnson, PhD and Diana Fosha, PhD that we have today.