I have been a Clinical Supervisor since 2004. When I started, I thought my role was to teach and give feedback to clinicians accumulating hours toward licensure. Twelve years and many clients later, I have come to understand that my role is to listen carefully, and explore collaboratively the issues, dilemmas and concerns supervisees bring to our sessions. Many are worried about the exam process. Others are concerned their experience is too narrow. Some want to talk about difficult clients; others want to talk about difficult bosses; and many have questions about how to develop the career they envision once they get licensed. Each clinical supervision dyad constitutes a unique relationship. I believe that mentoring is a journey to one’s higher self, and via this partnership, I, too, learn and grow.
I consider the work we do to be a privilege. People trust us with their innermost secrets. They show up and even pay us to be vulnerable in our presence. This is one of the only professions I know where growing into the best version of your highest self is actually a job requirement. Most of us enter this field as a result of our own personal suffering; it’s important to recognize this and how it shows up in our work with others.While I see and understand the usefulness of the cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT and DBT), I believe it ’s the therapeutic relationship that heals and changes. My approach is relational, but I am interested in somatic, existential and psychoanalytic…and I am open to applying whatever orientation you utilize in your work with your clients.
I started my career with seriously mentally ill adults in San Francisco. I worked many years in acute medical hospitals doing assessments and consultation, and have a strong interest in medicine and neurology. I spent five years as a program manager in addiction treatment in San Francisco, and several years in Hawaii, where I first got licensed, working with children and families as a Program Director with Child and Family Services. Over the years I have served as adjunct Fieldwork Faculty for UC Berkeley, Smith College, University of Southern California and Cal State East Bay. These days, in addition to my clinical supervision practice, I work part-time as a psychotherapist in an outpatient medical clinic.
I live in California and conduct most of my appointments via FaceTime. I would consider it an honor to be a part of your professional development process. If you would like more information, feel free to contact me at (510) 759-1415.
BSW (1990) and MSW (1993), San Francisco State University
ADDITIONAL SUPERVISION AND TRAINING
Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, 2012-2015
CG Jung Institute, San Francisco, 2014
Center for Story and Symbol, Santa Barbara, 2006
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Marin, 2012
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association (NCGPA)