I have worked in mental health settings during my entire career. I currently work with all adults 18yrs. and older in individual and couples therapy. Over the years I have worked with a wide range of client populations, symptoms and issues. I have extensive experience in short and long-term therapy and am good at keeping the therapy focused on the task at hand once goals have been collaboratively set. I really enjoy getting to know the individual strengths and needs of each client and adapting my approach to be as effective as possible.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW#19586) since 1996, and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT#604) since 1990.
I draw on a wide range of techniques and strategies including:
Although I am a generalist and love working with clients from all backgrounds, I am especially interested in LGBTQ issues. I enjoy working with lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender clients to help them on their path to feeling good about who they are, their bodies, and their sexuality. I am well versed in many issues that come up in LGBTQ and other relationships including:
DMT is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a tool to further the integration of body and mind”. I use dance and movement in therapy as appropriate as an additional avenue for self-exploration, self-awareness and healing. I welcome clients who may want or need to get out of their chair and move during therapy.
I consider the Trans community as part of my community and have worked directly with trans identified people since 2004. I worked for two and a half years in the Multi-Specialty Transitions Department at Kaiser, a clinic dedicated to consultation and support for those seeking gender affirming services. I welcome trans and gender non-conforming people into my practice.
Spanish is a second language for me and I have dedicated years of experience working with and advocating for appropriate mental health resources for the Latino Community. My time living in in Colombia and Latin America during college and extensive travel since has given me some sense of what it is like to feel different and struggle to navigate in a new country/culture. I take a humble approach to working with clients from different cultures/backgrounds recognizing that everyone's experience is unique and different.
I have worked with people of all genders and relationship status about their sexuality, needs, and problems that may arise, including sexual function issues and problematic sexual behaviors. My approach is sex positive and works to decrease shame, increase sexual health, and normalize the wide range of sexual possibilities.
I believe that good couples therapy can make a big difference in the health and happiness people experience in their relationships. I primarily use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Techniques. I am experienced and comfortable helping couples navigate open or polyamorous relationships and welcome couples of all genders and sexual orientations.
I am a gay/queer identified, white, cis-male who came out as a teenager in the late ‘70s. Being an out gay man for 30yrs in San Francisco has shaped my identity and informs the work that I do. Despite all it’s problems, I love the SF Bay Area and the mountains and outdoors of California. I am an avid skier, mountain biker, and hiker/backpacker. I also enjoy all that the urban environment offers, especially dance performance, dance/music events and street fairs/celebrations. I am an experienced Burner who understands and appreciates the year round culture that Burning Man has brought to the Bay Area.
If you are in a life threatening situation - Call 911.
San Francisco Suicide Prevention: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline 415-781-0500
Mobile Crisis Team: 415-970-4000
Westside Community Crisis: 415-355-0311
Psychiatric Emergency Services / SF General Hospital: 24 Hour 415-206-8125
Children: Family and Children Services 1-800-856-5553
Adults: Adult Protective Services 1-800-814-0009
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): A national advocacy and support organization
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): A peer-directed national organization providing support and education for those with mood disorders
National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM): Provides education about mental health conditions and treatments
Please contact me with any questions or to schedule a brief phone call to see if we might be a good fit..
414 Gough St. Suite #6 San Francisco, Ca. 94102
Tues. 10a - 7:30p
Weds. 10a - 7:30p
Thurs. 10a - 5:30p