Compassionate, authentic, feel-better therapy for individuals, couples, poly groups, and teens.

 

Individual Therapy

Tell me your story, you are welcome just as you are.

I am experienced in serving people from many walks of life, those who want to discover and grow, and those who seek relief from long-term mental health issues.  As a transpersonal and social justice therapist, I see the whole person within their larger community and context: mind-body-spirit and culture.  Typically, we will meet for 50 minutes once a week and may choose a different schedule that suits your needs.

Specialties:

  • Depression and anxiety, including low self-esteem, overwhelming emotions, suicidality, irritability, anger management, shame, and guilt

  • Deepening awareness into your true self and unearthing your life purpose

  • Sleeping issues

  • Relationship issues and setting healthy boundaries

  • Substance use

  • Hearing voices

  • Dissociation

  • Spirituality

  • Traumatic experiences and PTSD

  • Queer, lesbian, gay, pan or bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.  I am experienced in supporting people through the process of gender-confirming medical care and WPATH mental health referrals for surgery.

  • Performance artists managing the stress of production, collaboration, and growing your work

  • Activists and movement makers struggling with compassion fatigue and burn out.

 

Couples and Poly Relationships

Relationships today are tasked with fulfilling us in so many ways.  We want to have a rich sex life, deep emotional connection, a best friend, to feel supported in our daily struggles, and often create a home and family together. Relationship group meetings are typically 50 minutes, once a week, however we may decide together on a schedule that fits your needs. 

Specialites

  • Couples that are negotiating boundaries, whether its opening up or focusing on just the two of you

  • Poly groups

  • Relationships in the midst of gender transition

  • Navigating the world of kink together

  • When trauma history impacts your capacity to be there for each other

  • Non-romantic relationships, such as Artistic Collaborators, Bands and Musicians, Business Partners, and Affinity Groups

  • Increasing communication skills to deepen your compassion and connection together

  • Managing difficult emotions with respect and love

 

Gender Identity

Each person's gender journey is unique. There is truly no wrong way to have a gender and everyone's gender and sexuality changes over time. Perhaps you've felt like you didn't fit into your body and prescribed gender expectations since you were a toddler. Maybe you are just starting to question where your gender falls on the spectrum. Or did you transition many years ago and want a safe place to process other stuff in life that has little to do with gender (in that case, I recommend scrolling up here.)

 

Areas I support:

  • Writing pre-surgical assessments in accordance with WPATH standards of care

  • Exploring what gender and gender expression means to you

  • Creating space to come out to loved ones at your own pace

  • Understanding your sexuality within the context of a transitioning or fluid gender

  • Managing stress and trauma related to shame, stigma, microaggressions and harassment

  • Surfing feelings of loneliness and fear

  • Coping with post-surgical recovery

  • Strengthening relationships that are suffering during a gender transition

  • Identifying what elements of transition feel right for you and your gender

  • Navigating the world as a non-binary or gender non-conforming person

  • Reducing substance use in order to prepare for surgery

 

I have worked closely with STRIDE trans-health clinic, TransThrive at SF Community Health Center, and the Transgender Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP).  I consult with SF Dept of Public Health and SF Gender Health on making the pathway to gender affirming surgeries more accessible and am trained in WPATH Standards of Care. I identify as non-binary and acknowledge my daily access to cis privilege. My pronouns are They/Them.