They tried to bury us. They didn’t know that we were seeds.
— Adapted from Dinos Christianopoulos

!Mabuhay! (tagalog for "may you live"), Welcome to wherever you are, as you are!

I believe that we are all resilient creative cacti doing our best to survive our difficult circumstances and painful struggles. As a non-pathologizing humanistic-existential Gestalt therapist, I will meet you exactly where you are. I recognize that you are the expert of your own experience and that you already possess the ability and skills that will aid you in healing your pain and suffering. As your empathic witness, advocate, and guide, I will help you increase your self-awareness, self-acceptance, and sense of agency through mindful observation, personal exploration, and collaborative experimentation. Essentially, I will help you re-examine your life and re-experience yourself and others, in different as well as new meaningful and healing ways. In session with you, I greatly value, practice, and provide presence, authenticity, spaciousness, aliveness, creativity, and diversity.

My approach is mindful, intuitive, and tenderhearted.

Having an anxious tormented father and a self-sacrificing preoccupied mother molded me into a compassionate wounded healer at a very young age. Since I have lived in five different countries around the world, worked in four, and visited twenty others, my nomadic lifestyle has helped me cultivate a multicultural, introspective, adaptive, open curious mind. I am influenced and impassioned by feminist, queer, multicultural, and social justice theory and principles. As an integral holistic therapist, I allow my varied life experiences, as well as my keen interest in other modalities, to inform my work. As a result, I offer each of my clients a personalized approach that is specifically tailored to fit their unique wants and needs.

I am especially drawn to working with people who identify as queer, alternative, different, weird, and/or rebellious.

If you think that we would be a good fit for one another, get in contact with me through any of the methods found below so that we can begin this transformative journey together.

I see individuals, couples & familial dyads, groups, and children.

For more information about me and how I work, visit my website 

Specializations

  • Anxiety, Panic, Social Anxiety, Shyness, & Sensitivity
  • Queer/Gender/Racial/Cultural Identity
  • Female-Identified Sexuality & Experiences
  • Negotiating Liminal Spaces
  • Grief, Loss, & Endings
  • Body-positive, sex-positive, and queer, kink, & poly friendly
  • Conversational Spanish & Tagalog

Office Locations

  • 14 Precita Avenue, Suite E, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Near Ashby BART Station (exact address to be disclosed before Intake Session) 
    Berkeley, CA 94705

Telephone: (415)-252-4856 or (628)-888-6233


Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern, IMF #86002
Supervised by Gieve Patel, MFC #47196