My approach to psychotherapy is empathic, goal-directed, and collaborative. I strive to create a therapeutic environment in which patients feel comfortable and understood. I work with each patient to identify the thoughts and behaviors that are maintaining his or her symptoms and I use a variety of cutting-edge techniques to achieve both quick symptom relief and long-lasting change. My goal is to create a warm and supportive space where patients can learn new skills to transform their lives.
I know that coming to therapy can feel overwhelming, so I work with patients to assess their level of readiness for change and to move the therapy along at a pace that feels both comfortable and productive. I work collaboratively with my patients to identify their goals, and then guide them in making gradual changes to help them accomplish these goals. I provide specific techniques, tools, and support to patients as they work to reduce their symptoms and change their lives.
I treat individuals with a wide variety of concerns, including:
Anxiety Disorders (e.g. panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, worry, and OCD)
Sleep Disturbances, including insomnia and nightmares
Mood Disorders (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder)
I specialize in providing evidence-based psychotherapy using techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective in psychological research. I tailor treatment to each individual client and draws on a variety of modalities, including:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
TEAM psychotherapy- a CBT based treatment approach developed by David Burns, MD, at Stanford University
I have extensive experience working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations and welcome people from diverse backgrounds into my practice.
I regularly attend conferences and participate in consultation groups to ensure that I am up-to-date on the latest effective psychotherapy techniques. I am also a member of several professional organizations, including:
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Emory University and my doctorate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. During my graduate career, I trained in a variety of clinical settings, including the Palo Alto VA, the UCSF Alliance Health Project, Kaiser Permanente Richmond, and San Jose State University Counseling Services. I also conducted clinical research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to my private practice, I have provided training and supervision to doctoral level psychology students at the Stanford Unviersity School of Medicine and at Palo Alto Unversity.