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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, San Francisco Bay Area

I provide couples psychotherapy that is powerful and confidential creating a supported and safe environment for exploring your issues.

My intention for my clients is to create 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 think with you about your concerns and give explanations for your experience to help you become your healthiest self. Although I specialize in Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling, I also help individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their personal relationships.

In my clinical approach, I provide modern talk therapy for mood, trauma, and relationship issues. I am trained in Psychoanalytic Couples psychotherapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDP) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) methods to help couples.  In addition, I use internal family systems approach (IFS) and the latest research in neuroscience i.e. PACT in order to help reduce depression and facilitate self compassion for both couples and individuals.  

 

SPECIALTIES

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

EDUCATION

TRAININGs  

2016-2017
Psychoanalytic Couples Psychotherapy Program (PCPG)
with Shelley Nathans, PhD, Julie Friend, PhD, Milton Schaefer, PhD, et al. 

2015-2016 (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

2010-2014 (ongoing) 
Couples Consultation Group
with Michael Klein, PhD

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

DEGREES

Current
Post graduate PhD program earning a doctorate in Depth Psychology

2013
Founder of The San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center
In 2013, my colleagues and I founded The San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center in order to provide modern and progressive treatment to help couples and individuals improve their relationships. 

2007
California Institute of Integral Studies 
Master’s degree


I have studied the lineage of psychotherapy from its roots in Freudian psychodynamics, the dreamwork and depth of Jung, to the current humanistic approaches that we have today.