I graduated from UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare in 2001, and obtained my LCSW(#22331) in 2004. Several years later, I resumed my clinical training through the doctoral program at Smith College’s School for Social Work. I graduated with a PhD in clinical social work in 2012. In my years as a social worker, I’ve had the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings: with children and families in their homes, a community outpatient clinic, a state prison, the department of parole, a psychodynamic psychotherapy clinic, and in private practice. As a result, I have accumulated a tremendous amount of clinical experience, supervised training, and grounding in theory and research. You can access my CV here.
I discovered psychodynamic theory along the way, and have found it to be the most humanizing lens through which to understand people and their problems. It helps me to think more clearly about individual, group, and institutional dynamics. As a social worker I adhere to a person-in-environment perspective, which means that I value the ways in which our personal, social, and cultural identities differentiate our experiences and development. Antoine de Saint-Exupry captured the transformative power of therapeutic work well when he said: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”. During the course of my career, I’ve gotten the chance to help people to find a way to want, and then do, something different for themselves, their families, and their lives. I am always grateful for the chance to be part of that process.
In addition to my clinical work, I teach, advise and supervise clinicians at various levels of training, develop programs, and provide consultation to both individuals and organizations. I present and provide trainings locally and nationally. I am affiliated with the following organizations: