I am a compassionate truth-seeker and truth-speaker. I am a deep feeler, and I value presence, sensitivity and thoughtfulness, as well as curiosity, play and creativity.
I was initiated into my own personal healing journey through loss, which shook me to my core, but also brought me into a more full experience of my self. This loss sparked deep exploration of my inner world, bringing me closer to my emotional truths. Through this process, I have come to understand the experience of going into the depths of unknown, uncharted territory, and the transformation that is possible through the courageous act of self exploration with the support of honest, attuned relationship. Today, I continue to do the work of making space for my heart, connecting with my body, and sinking more fully into my truth.
I believe therapy can be a revolutionary and rebellious act: it can support us in challenging the rules and agreements of the past (internally, relationally, intergenerationally, and collectively) going against the grain of conditioned societal and systemic patterns, and creating choice, intimacy, & aliveness where habitual walls once stood.
I believe therapy can support us in healing the wounds of our ancestry, clearing paths for future generations.
I believe therapy can offer us a way of connecting with ourselves that allows for a more full experience of embodiment, of feeling alive, and knowing our belonging in the world.
I am continuously working to examine my privilege as a white, able-bodied, cis-gendered woman, and acknowledge that the way I see and experience the world is influenced by the privileges that hold. I acknowledge the impact systems of oppression have had and continue to have on the human and non-human communities of our world. I believe acknowledgement of privilege and oppression is a crucial piece of our therapeutic work together, and I agree to remain radically open to feedback and processing around difference and power dynamics with my clients.
I now live on Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone land, and as a non-indigenous resident, a percentage of my profits go towards the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, paying Shuumi tax as an acknowledgement of the genocide of Ohlone people, with hope for contributing toward healing and repair.
Also- I love painting, drawing, and singing and I feel most at home near the ocean, surrounded by trees. I feel excited and inspired when exploring the different ways in which we can cultivate healing and balance in our lives, including gardening, herbalism and plant medicine, intuitive movement and art practices, meditation, and ritual.
M. A. in Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
B. A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Staff Therapist, Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street
Associate Therapist, Holos Institute in Oakland
Associate Therapist, Creekside Middle School in Castro Valley
10+ years of experience working as a case manager and mental health professional for various non-profit community agencies serving vulnerable populations in both Santa Barbara and the Bay Area.
I have taken coursework and participated in trainings exploring a variety of topics including: Psychodyamic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Eco-therapy and Eco-psychology, T-Group Process, Jungian Depth Psychology, AEDP, Feminine Spirituality & Psychology, Mindfulness and Hakomi.
I have participated in trainings and process groups focused on privilege, racism, gender identity & expression, and intersectionality. Additionally, I received 200 hours training in massage therapy from Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute in 2008, and completed the year-long Permaculture certification course at The Regenerative Design Institute in 2016. In 2015, I also helped to create WanderGirls, a summer camp for girls ages 9-13, which supports girls in connecting to themselves, each other, and the earth through mindfulness, art, and nature activities.
Reclaim Your Voice, Shake Up Your Shakti with Lauren Arrow - https://www.processsing.com/
Intuitive Art Process - Chris Zydel, https://creativejuicesarts.com/
She Moves, Her Body Knows - Stefana Serafina, https://www.intuitivedance.org/
The Future: daylong nature outing & exploration of collective liberation - Olivia Bronson & Claire Whitmer