To schedule an appointment or an initial meeting
in San Francisco or Alameda: 415-533-9724

What To Expect

I work eclectically, and draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches to best meet the needs of each of my clients depending upon their particular needs. I tend to resonate most closely with psychodynamic, developmental, humanistic, existential, transpersonal and relational orientations to psychotherapy, but also employ processes that focus more on somatic experience and the role of cognition and thought on psychological well-being and functioning. I am familiar with short-term and solution-focused strategies that concentrate on the more practical needs of persons experiencing conflicts or psychological and social stresses, however, I am most “at home” in the more intensive process of depth psychotherapy.

As we begin to meet, I will invite you to talk with me about your life, as it is expressed outwardly and experienced inwardly, to try and understand the influences converging in the difficulties you may be having. In our initial meeting, I will talk with you about what to expect from me and the therapeutic process, as well as the values that guide my work as a clinician in the hopes that it will help you feel more comfortable with our process, however I know the best assurance will be our interactions themselves, and a consistent experience of feeling both accepted and respected.

I believe that, at its heart, the therapeutic endeavor is a human one, created in tandem by therapist and client. I also believe that the feelings and associations the can be evoked in this relationship can provide a powerful opportunity for learning, especially regarding those interpersonal patterns of relating that most deeply influence your life and experience of yourself and others.

While this process may at times evoke feelings of sorrow, shame, anger, remorse, guilt or even discomfort about the process of therapy, I will try and create an atmosphere that helps you to experience these feelings safely, without fear of reprisal or judgment.

If you would like more information about my approach, please read “About the Process,” also included in this site. I would of course, also be willing to answer any questions you may have, either in a preliminary telephone conversation or during our first appointment.

 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.  - Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings