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August 27, 2010

Thank you for taking the time to investigate this site and discern if my work feels like it complements what you are looking for. I have been in private practice for over thirteen years and my office is in Fremont. I work with couples and individuals, with many modalities of psychotherapy.

My approach is grounded in: body awareness, emotion processing, the impact of oppression, mindfulness (as understood in Buddhist psychology/philosophy) and relationships – the one you have with your self and others. I work with the three “minds”: your emotional intelligence, body intelligence and cognitive intelligence

Ultimately I draw from the modalities that work best for you. Some of the techniques and theory I use are human development, family systems, cognitive behavioral, self-relations, somatic, attachment theory, and object relations. Regardless of the modality, I work within a framework of anti-oppression awareness – our gender identity/expression; social class background/current class status; sexuality; mental/physical abilities/dis-abilities; ethnicity, relational status (monogamous/non-monogomous/polyamorous), nationality, are all at play in our lives, at all times, in how we relate to ourselves, others and institutions – and how they relate to us.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes “ubuntu” as a concept rooted in South African culture that is about how a person becomes human through other persons – one’s humanness is inextricably bound up in another’s. Such a person, he says, “does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole, and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are…what dehumanizes you, inexorably dehumanizes me and what elevates you elevates me.”

Therapy is a relational experience. It is a humanizing experience – about understanding and validating what we have experienced as wrong, bad, hurtful, disconnecting. Our task will be to understand the intended wisdom of the patterns and habits that brought you to therapy. We will guide the symptoms you’re struggling with in the right direction.  I approach “problems” and symptoms as information – something attempting to work from a deeper wisdom inside you. Together we will identify the intentions and wisdom of the symptoms and problems. We will notice when you feel connected and when you don’t.  I will support you to reclaim yourself- through all emotions- not just the “good” ones- depression, jealousy, anger, anxiety, etc all have imperative information that we will seek and utilize.

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