About

*Trabajo con clientes en Inglés, Español y Portugués (Brasil)

I have been working with individuals, couples, and families for 25+ years, focusing on deepening wellbeing, intimacy and bonding. I was the featured Doula and Childbirth Educator in Rikki Lake’s documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” and am a featured contributing writer in both “The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood,” by Madison Young and Jackie Kelleher’s 2nd Edition of “Nurturing the Family” (2019). I continue to focus on working with individuals and couples who are feeling stuck and wanting to expand their bonding and connections.

Life transitions (long-term commitment, the birth of a baby, work transitions, etc.) can be overwhelming, and can sometimes feel like a harsh, lonely time. But transition doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. I support my clients in learning tools for communicating and connecting amidst all the newness. Learning ways to love and connect while overwhelmed is a skill investment you can use again and again. Feeling intimately connected, especially when going through a big transition, leads to healthier relationships and more joy and a happier lifestyle.

Niche areas of expertise:

  • Sex Therapy
  • Body Image and Self Acceptance
  • Birth & Trauma Counseling
  • Intimacy and Co-Parenting
  • Child Development
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Navigating Professional Transitions

Sex Therapy: As a certified Sex Therapist (California College of Integral Studies), I work with my clients to build a healthy relationship with their sexuality. For everyone this path is very different. Sometimes this means learning recognizing your sexuality and differentiating it from the images you grew up with or the desire of others. Sometimes it means focusing on communication about sex and desire and learning how to talk about these loaded topics. During Sex Therapy, we build a safety to explore what’s coming up for you and we pace it so that you find the edge of feeling safe, while also moving towards a desired change within and with others. It is important to note Sex Therapy does not include any sexual acts during therapy session time. 

Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy: While I use several modalities, Hakomi Method is one that I integrate into my work often. Hakomi is a mindfulness-based therapy that is somatic, meaning that it incorporates the mind-body experience. We focus on both building insight (this is more in the literal brain), as well as noticing the experiences clients are having in their bodies as they explore issues. Sometimes we humans are so mind-driven that we leave our bodies behind. Alternatively, some people may be exceptionally body-driven, and can use assistance in learning how to communicate experience in words. In therapy, we work on balance, and building healthy internal acceptance and care.

In couples therapy, I support communication through the Imago Method. A structure is often helpful in more challenging conversations, and the Imago Method offers a structure couples can use to share and listen. One of the things that is super cool about this method is that once you have practiced it enough, you can use the model on your own whenever you are engaged in a more challenging conversation.

Multi-Cultural Approach: A significant portion of my clients come from biracial and/or multicultural backgrounds (and/or are raising children who are biracial/multicultural). Having a multi-cultural approach means that I intentionally work on holding and co-creating a safe space for processing issues related to culture, race, body size/shape, sexuality, religion, class, ability, and language. I come to my understanding and approach through my academic background as well as my personal multi-cultural background which spans Eastern Europe, South America, and North America. I am a first generation, white, American woman who grew up speaking Portuguese, Spanish, and English in New York City. I have personal experience with socioeconomic class shifts and the role this can have in one’s identity, and in one’s multicultural and biracial relationships. The combination of my cultural heritage, race, gender, socioeconomic class, and language fluency inform my work and has led me to acknowledge and want to dive deeper into supporting others in acknowledging dynamics of power, privilege and marginalization and how those issues can play out in our own psyches and in our relationships.

Feminist Approach: I value caring and honoring the needs of all partners in a relationship to build healthier communication. Having a feminist approach equates to having a humanist approach which acknowledges social influences on our thinking and within our relationships. In therapy, we can make space to both see what our early models were while more consciously making modern, more present day choices as we grow our relationships and families.

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