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San Francisco
(415) 494-7074

You’re smart, successful, and you love each other – so why is maintaining a healthy relationship so hard? Most of us were not taught how to sustain a long lasting, trusting, and fulfilling relationship. We were not shown that like most other precious things in life, they take maintenance, care, and fine-tuned effort. There are so many reasons to seek therapy: feeling increased distance or conflict, cyclical fights, infidelity/betrayal, life transitions such as marriage or children, or simply wanting to do better. Your relationship deserves AT LEAST an hour a week of dedicated attention. With the right approach, it will be a valuable investment and an amazing avenue for personal growth. 

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in working with couples and individuals that struggle with relationship issues, stress, work/life balance, communication, and intimacy. In sessions we will make the best use of the time to improve your connection. I will strive to understand both of your experiences and explore how they are impacting you as a couple. With insight, empathy, commitment, and humor we’ll attend to the places you get stuck and strengthen your sense of security with each other. 

My approach is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and family systems theory.  I attend weekly consultation for couples with Dr. Michael Klein. I hold an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have worked with individuals, couples, and adolescents at The Pierce St. Integral Counseling Center, Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, and Family Service Agency of San Francisco, among many other settings. Some of the recent trainings I have attended include:

  • Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for Couples
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
  • Psychoanalytic work with Couples: Why Couples Have The Same Fight Over and Over

I look forward to working with you!