Relational Trauma Recovery Therapy in Berkeley
While we can’t go back in time and change what happened, what we can do is try to make sense of your past, grieve it, heal it, and help you move forward in making the very best life possible for yourself.
As a relational trauma recovery therapist, I do my best work with adults who, tragically, didn’t get the chance to have great childhoods.
Some folks come to me who have been given the diagnosis or see themselves in the description of childhood trauma, complex PTSD, complex relational trauma, early developmental trauma, or DESNOS.
Other folks come to me not knowing these terms at all, but knowing they were raised by a personality or mood-disordered parent, an addicted parent, an explosive, absent, neglectful or terribly critical parent, and they know that they’re suffering as adults because of it.
Still, others come to me not necessarily understanding what’s wrong and not knowing how their past might be at play but knowing that they’re struggling with:
- The fear of being in relationship
- The fear of losing a relationship
- Disordered eating and poor body image
- A sense of being other and alone
- Low self-esteem and feeling like an imposter
- Panic attacks and feeling wound up and on guard all the time
- No idea about what you want out of life and, even if you do know, feeling like it’s not possible for you
- And, more than anything else, folks come to me when things look really good on paper but they feel lousy on the inside. They want something better for their lives, for themselves, and yet don’t know where to begin or how to make that happen.
If this is you, I want to be able to support you in having the best
possible life you can for yourself. I can help you do this.
How do you work as a therapist?
I think it’s helpful to imagine therapists existing on a spectrum of engagement.
On the one end of the spectrum, there’s the classic Freudian model of a therapist: leaning back, writing notes, not saying much.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s someone who’s laughing with you, asking questions, being fully present, warm and relatable.
That’s the side of the spectrum I fall on. As a therapist, I’m warm, direct, and really engaged.
I work with my clients weekly in a multi-modal, phase-oriented approach to treatment.
Fancy terms that really just mean I meet you where you’re at, use the various and extensive clinical tools and interventions I have to design sessions to help you accomplish your goals on any given week, and work alongside you to deepen the work when it’s time.
What are your educations, credentials, and qualifications?
While the single most important and best indicator of whether or not a therapist will be effective in working with you is the strength and quality of relationship between you both, it’s also good to know you’re working with a therapist who knows what they’re doing and who has some solid training, particularly if your work is complex.
So, to that end I’ll say that I received dual undergraduate degrees from Brown University in 2004 (becoming the first person in my family to go to college, I might add), lived and worked at Esalen Institute from 2007-2011 where I informally trained in psychology for almost four years, received my graduate degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012, am licensed as a Marriage And Family Therapist in the State of California (#95709), have been practicing psychotherapy in Berkeley since 2013, and completed my EMDR basic training in Fall 2019 and am currently on the path to be certified in EMDR.
Moreover, my clinical opinions and comments have been quoted in a wide variety of media outlets including Forbes, NBC, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and more.
You can read more about my story here, see what folks have to say about working with me here, explore my extensive blog archives to learn more about my voice and orientation to the world and this work, and, if I feel like a good fit as a possible therapist for you, you can book a consult call with me here through my boutique therapy center or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.