“My expertise is in trauma-informed care and I utilize resilience as a protective factor in treating trauma.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began practicing yoga at the age of 21 on my path to self-actualization and healing. I consider myself self-aware and empathic and I have worked in a variety of environments, including forensic institutions, women's clinics, and outpatient therapy. Working with diverse multicultural populations has shaped me tremendously. My expertise is in trauma-informed care and I utilize resilience as a protective factor in treating trauma. I am a public speaker on this topic and I teach as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley.
What should someone know about working with you?
They should know that I am a licensed social worker. I am an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and a public speaker who specializes in using resilience as a protective factor in treating trauma.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend trainings every year to expand my learning. I also regularly practice yoga.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I utilize mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga in my own life and apply it to my therapy sessions with clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the diversity of modalities that are being accepted, especially in the areas of relationships and sexuality.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Yes, I was a researcher and editor of a book entitled, Collective Trauma, Collective Recovery: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster. I also published an article entitled, "Maria and Me." In addition to this, I had a speech published online for the Commonwealth Club entitled, "Why are Some Female Survivors of Trauma More Resilient than Others?"
“I utilize mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga in my own life and apply it to my therapy sessions with clients.”