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We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what
we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.
— Carl R. Rogers

GESTALT THERAPY: AN INVITATION TO ALL PARTS OF SELF

Gestalt psychotherapy strives to acknowledge and welcome all parts of self that emerge in present moment awareness. In this context, I will support you in contacting and experiencing parts of yourself that are vital for greater self-understanding, self-acceptance, self-expression, healing, and integration.  

I will work collaboratively with you to identify barriers to authentic contact with self and others, and assist you in creating opportunities to shift patterns of contact that you believe are no longer working. This process is engaged by facilitating your awareness of physical, emotional, and cognitive elements of experience. To support this work, I offer you a warm, inviting, inclusive, culturally-sensitive environment for therapy.

MY INVITATION TO YOU

Do you identify as someone who does not measure up to the person you were expected to be, or someone who does not fit certain norms, or someone who feels unfulfilled and yearns for more? If so, we can work together to bring forth a more robust expression of who you are and heighten your sense of aliveness. My therapy practice includes a diverse group of individual clients who are addressing challenges at different points in their lives.  

My therapy practice also includes couples and families, as well as others in non-traditional relationship configurations. Are you a member of a relationship that is suffering (e.g., from problems with communication, problems with intimacy, vital parts of self not being valued, issues with relationship boundaries, problems with forgiveness, etc.)?  If so, we can work together to facilitate change through relationship counseling.  Relationships offer some of the greatest opportunities for personal growth, partly because they also test our ability to navigate conflict and differences. Counseling can help improve relationship functioning, with significant positive impacts on all those involved.  

Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is essential in developing an effective therapeutic relationship, which is a critical factor in realizing positive results.  I offer a free initial phone consultation to help us determine if we are a good fit with one another. 

Specializations

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions / Mid-Life Crisis / Career Change

  • Spirituality / Personal Growth / Meditation

  • LGBTQQI

  • Self-Esteem

  • Trauma

My Background

My education includes a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1991 and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016.  I completed my degree in counseling after a 25-year career in the financial and legal management fields.  I have also been actively involved with yoga, meditation, and wellness over the last 15 years.

Office Locations

  • 3150 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (16th & Mission is the nearest BART station.)

Telephone: (415) 610-7172


Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #96539
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #3522
Supervised by Gieve Patel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFC #47196