ASW 98815, Supervised by Jen Valera, LCS 22201

Experienced clinician serving adolescents and adults
Specialties include trauma, family dynamics and identity exploration

Open to new clients,
remote and in-person.

Blue Oak Therapy Center in Berkeley
Phone/text 415.895.0934
to book an initial consultation.

Hello and Welcome

I know starting therapy can be a daunting process. Whether you’ve been in therapy before or if it’s your first time, it’s hard to be vulnerable and to give voice to the feelings and experiences that bring us discomfort, pain or shame. And, therapy can be incredibly rewarding. Creating meaning out of our dark and painful experiences is a transformative process. That’s why I got into this work.

What to Expect

Therapy with me is client-centered and collaborative. What this means is that we work together on what you want to work on. I bring my training and expertise to the table, but you are the expert on yourself. No one knows you better than you.

My approach is warm, compassionate and nonjudgmental. My aim is to create a safe space where you feel seen, heard and comfortable to explore and express yourself. I want you to have a place where you can be your authentic self. I want to hear your story.

Therapy works best when there is a strong connection between the therapist and client, so it’s very important to me that you feel it’s a good fit between us. Ultimately, I want you to find a therapist you feel connected to, and if that’s not me, that’s ok.  

My Background

I am an Associate Social Worker, supervised by Jen Valera, LCSW. I received my Master of Social Work from Smith College in 2020. My education was grounded in psychodynamic theory, though I incorporate humanistic and existential psychology in my work as well. I provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents seeking mental health support.

My experience includes:

  • Individual and group therapy, provided to teens and their families at an eating disorders clinic.
  • Case management, therapy and crisis intervention for severely and persistently mentally ill individuals through county services.
  • Counseling and student support for college and graduate students. 
  • Human resources management, employee support and coordination of resources, in a competitive corporate setting.

Areas of Clinical Focus:

  • Adolescents and Their Parents
  • Relational Dynamics and Partnership
  • Trauma, Grief and Loss
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Identity Exploration
  • Eating and Body Image Issues