Bay Area MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist in the Bay Area
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Marriage and Family Therapy- Individuals and Couples - Berkeley, Bay Area


I believe that when working with couples one of my main focal points is to work towards creating a safe and compassionate environment for both parties to feel they are heard, understood, and supported.  Providing containment and structure is oftentimes an important component in couples therapy and I have successfully worked with people presenting with complex and high conflict issues.  I am open to working with couples of all configurations as well as being comfortable and skilled in thinking outside of the box when it comes to traditional and non-traditional relationship agreements and dynamics. 

Some of the questions I help couples work on include: 

  • Struggles with depression and/or anxiety
  • Increasing Self Esteem and understanding its origins
  • Learning how to find one’s voice and feel more confident with being assertive
  • Working through grief and loss whether it’s recent or from the past
  • Gain clarity about past or current life choices and life transitions
  • Issues with infertility
  • Ambivalence with having children
  • Co-parenting
  • Infidelity
  • Traditional verses non-traditional relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Sexuality/Intimacy
  • Substance use and/or abuse
  • Addictions
  • Trust
  • Ending a Relationship
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries and Co-Dependency
  • Dealing with the impact of childhood abuse
  • Sexuality and Sexual Health