I am a Board Certified, licensed clinical psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View, CA. I work with a wide range of emotional and interpersonal difficulties. Some of my areas of specialization include anxiety (including panic and OCD), disordered eating, trauma and imposter syndrome. I am a Level Five Certified TEAM-CBT therapist and trainer, which means I have extensive training in a specialized CBT treatment approach developed by David Burns, MD at Stanford University. You can listen to me on Dr. David Burn’s podcast to learn more about my style. I am also certified in Family Based Therapy (FBT), an evidence-based treatment for eating disorders for adolescents.
My overall aim is to use research based treatments to help you be authentic and comfortable in your own skin…to be able to know what’s right for you and to make healthy decisions for yourself. I believe in tailoring treatment for each person. I enjoy working with ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and will always make it a point to understand how you identity as a person (culturally, sexually, racially, physically, etc).
Models of therapy that I draw from:
- TEAM psychotherapy – a CBT based treatment approach developed by David Burns, MD at Stanford University
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Family Based Therapy
- American Psychological Association
- American Board of Professional Psychology
- California Psychological Association
- Northern California CBT Network
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
- Anxiety and Depression Society of America
- Society of Clinical Psychology
Education and Training:
I completed my Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, an APA accredited University. I continued my training by becoming Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, an additional endeavor achieved by approximately 4% of psychologists. The focus is to provide the highest level of care both clinically and ethically.
My training and experience span across a wide range of clinical settings including the Palo Alto Veterans Administration, Kaiser Permanente Department of Adult Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, the Early Intervention Trauma Clinic, The Healthy Teen Project and outpatient mental health clinics.
My research includes early intervention in trauma survivors, guilt-related cognitions and evidence-based treatments for trauma. I have assisted in clinical research for several projects looking at social constraints, social support and PTSD, prolonged exposure and PTSD recovery, as well as spiritually and recovery from substance abuse.