My psychotherapy office is located in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, at 1721 Scott Street (between Bush and Sutter). It is very close to the UCSF Mount Zion campus. It is easily accessible by Muni (near the #1, 2, 22, 24, & 38 bus lines). Parking is on the street, and as in much of San Francisco it can be somewhat unpredictable, so if you drive and are not familiar with the neighborhood I recommend you give yourself some extra time to find parking. The office is on the second floor in a Victorian-style building with steps. My hours are by appointment only.
My usual fee is $180 per session. Sessions are 45-50 minutes in length. Payment is at the time of service. I have a limited number of slots reserved for a sliding scale fee based on income. I am sometimes able to offer an initial consultation at no fee.
For individual psychotherapy only, I may be able to provide services through your insurance. (I do not provide couples therapy under insurance.) I am a Medicare provider and I am in the Cigna network. For other commercial insurance, if it is based in California and you have a PPO plan, I can submit claims to your insurance company on an out-of-network basis. Otherwise, I can provide a receipt on request, which you can use for reimbursement, such as from an HSA or FSA.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY29430) providing psychotherapy in my office in San Francisco, California. My approach is collaborative and holistic: collaborative, meaning that we work together to address your needs, and holistic, meaning that I view each person as a whole, and that healing, growth, and development are about providing the right facilitating environment to thrive in.
Each person's situation is different and so each therapy is somewhat different. I use a variety of techniques as appropriate, including depth-oriented (or psychodynamic) work, cognitive and behavioral interventions, gestalt work, dreams, expressive arts, and sand play. What this means is that I will engage with you and collaborate with you to find what is most helpful for you in your situation. Often, this starts from talking through issues and experiences in your life, and in so doing we can together find a new understanding or perspective on them. There may also be suggested activities for you to do between sessions.
I have been providing psychotherapy for 9 years. My Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Depth Psychology is from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a program that specializes in depth psychology in the traditions of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, James Hillman, and others. My doctoral dissertation research was about psychotherapy, 12-step recovery, and overeating. My other research interests include social anxiety, computing professionals, bisexuality, and fairy tales. I have special interest in dreams, religious fundamentalism, alternative relationships, and creativity. My pre-doctoral clinical training was at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael.
My interest in dreams runs deep. I have been interested in group and individual dream work in a variety of settings for more than 25 years. I help individuals engage with their dreams and from time to time I facilitate group dream work and workshops about dreams. I also provide consultation and training to other mental health practitioners and agencies about the clinical uses of dreams.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked in Internet technology as a software developer, manager, executive, and later as a consultant and executive coach. As a result I am particularly attuned to work/career issues (such as how to use one's work as a path of personal development), technology-related issues (such as the psychological/emotional effects of the technologies we use), and challenges that are specific to technology work and working for technology businesses.