Writing a bio is always a bit of a strange thing. I have never found it easy to write about myself, let alone attempting to provide a glimpse of who I am within a few short paragraphs. My hope is that what I share with you on my website will help you decide if you would like to take that next step and reach out to see if we might be a good fit.
I didn’t always know that I wanted to become a psychologist. The road that led me to becoming a therapist was a crooked one born from a collection of experiences that percolated over several years. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked for over a decade within the corporate industry of the San Francisco Bay Area. I needed to support myself at an early age and I entered this profession out of necessity. Although I was young and inexperienced, someone took a chance on me. I was a hard worker and my calm disposition allowed me to thoughtfully navigate the strong personalities in the Silicon Valley culture. A new sense of financial stability allowed me to consider and pursue more intentional goals for myself, such as completing a college education. I decided to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology which I thought would enhance my skillfulness in the corporate environment. Never could I have imagined where that decision would ultimately lead!
Over the next eight years I chipped away at my degree by attending night classes until I walked across the stage with a diploma in hand. During these years I began to understand that my curiosity, warmth, and patience fit better in the world of psychotherapy than it did in corporate. With the help of trusted mentors and a transformative therapy experience, I made the difficult decision to leave my secure corporate job and enter a doctoral program in clinical psychology. This felt like a tremendous risk at the time, yet it also felt right. As I reflect on the personal change that led me to pursue becoming a psychologist, I am reminded of how arduous the road can be. I recall experiencing feelings of doubt and fear many times along the way. Enduring these moments of uncertainty felt worth it in the end. I bring this understanding to my therapeutic work, holding the highest level of respect for those who seek change in their lives and the challenges that are a part of that process. Bearing witness to the transformational power of the therapeutic bond never ceases to amaze me and being part of these experiences continually reaffirms my decision to become a psychologist. I am honored to share the therapy space with clients seeking their own healing and change.