I am a Board Certified and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, No. 79769. I have a private practice in Marin County, CA, where I work with individuals, couples, and families. While I am a generalist, I have a special interest in anxiety disorders, adjustment to chronic pain and medical conditions, life transitions, and existential and spiritual issues. I enjoy working with teens and young adults as they discern identity and grow towards healthy independence, and with mid-life individuals facing work and life challenges.
Since 2007, I have provided high quality mental health services in settings ranging from university counseling centers and nonprofit agencies to elementary, middle, and high schools. I use a variety of methods to help my clients. My thinking has been inspired by cognitive behavioral, relational, and systems theories, integrative, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches to wellness, and existential and post-modern philosophies. I have received additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy (Control Mastery), and somatic/mindfulness based approaches to emotional regulation.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked as a lawyer in many settings and as a professional writer, working for People magazine, among other publications, and authoring the book, Travel Fitness: Feel Better, Perform Better on the Road. My background helps me relate to the special challenges and pressures faced in high-demand fields. The common thread underlying all of my pursuits has been a desire to understand others and the aim to provide meaningful, high-quality support.
I love learning and continue my professional growth through ongoing workshops, trainings, personal reading, and peer and professional consultation. When needed, I collaborate with other professionals and assist patients in accessing services and resources to create a team approach to mental health care.
Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, Dominican University of California, Honors: Psi Chi and Alpha Chi member; Outstanding Student Award (for Academic Excellence, Demonstrated Clinical Skills, and Service to the Department).
Juris Doctor, University of San Diego School of Law, cum laude, Academic Standing: Top 10%.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, with highest distinction, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mass General Hospital Psychiatry Academy (2016)
CBT Tools and Techniques, Feeling Good Institute (2016)
TEAM Therapy, Feeling Good Institute (2016)
ACT Intensive, Praxis (2016)
Control Mastery Conference (2016)
ERP for OCD Didactic Case Consultation with Amy Jenks, Psy.D. (2016)
Fluent and Flexible Act, Russ Harris (2015)
Exposure Therapy for Anxiety, Amy Jenks Psy.D (2014)
The Treatment of Anxiety: A Collaboration Between Control Mastery Theory & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Victoria Beckner, Ph.D., and Steven Foreman, MD (2014)
ACT: A Mindful Approach to Rapid Clinical Change, Steven Hayes, Ph.D. (2014)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Susan Johnson, Ed.D.
Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
Member, Marin County Chapter, CAMFT.
Member, Northern California CBT Network (NCCBT).
Member, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
Member, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter ACBS/ACT.
Member, International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
Member, National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Member, San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG).
Member, Advisory Board, Being Adept (Bay Area nonprofit providing middle school substance abuse prevention curriculum).
Mental Health Provider, Dominican University Counseling Services.
Volunteer Psychotherapist, A Home Within.
Member, State Bar of California.
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