Helping individuals and families for over a decade.
I am what Carl Jung referred to as a “wounded healer.” I stand at the intersection of psychotherapy and 12-Step Recovery.
Prior to becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, I practiced individual and group counseling for over ten years in a variety of community-based mental health settings. At the Center for Violence Resolution and the West Oakland Health Council I facilitated court mandated, 52 week, domestic violence, psycho education groups for ten years. During that time I learned about the dynamics and structure of interpersonal conflict and how to resolve it. Also, from that experience, my self-help book, “The Pocket Anger Manager,” was born.
I gained valuable family therapy experience while working at the Family Institute of Pinole. I have a keen interest in attachment theory and substance abuse treatment, and expanded my experience in those areas while providing therapy to drug-addicted mothers and their infants and children at Jelani House in San Francisco. While at Jelani House I developed specific skills to help parents bring their children under control using positive motivation techniques.
For six years, I worked for The Salvation Army Railton Place, a transitional housing facility, in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with veterans, emancipated foster youth, and the homeless on mental health and relapse prevention issues. I have also worked as a therapist for Alameda County Drug Courts, in Oakland while continuing to work in private practice with Dr. Vernita Marsh.
My commitment, background, and training make me uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat both mental health and relationship issues. I can help you identify the behavioral and emotional factors that contribute to your situation and help you change them. Whether you are experiencing parenting stress, family conflict, substance abuse, or feeling overwhelmed, I can help you transform those problems into opportunities for a greater sense of well-being, healthier relationships, and personal growth.