Reaching out for help with a difficult situation, relationship, life transition, or challenging inner experience is a courageous step toward change and healing. I know this gesture well and honor it by meeting each personal inquiry with the utmost respect and appreciation for your unique and very complex experience.
My work is to align myself with your experience and understand it as fully as possible. I take into account the very real logistics of your life, the intricacies of relationships, and the deep inner response. There is no need for shame or self criticism. We will work on quieting those wounding inner voices. I am interested in accessing the inner resources that you can touch and allow to guide you into an awareness that has the potential for great change. I pay attention to bodily reactions, dreams and images, the flow of thought and feeling that permeates our experience and the felt sense of a deeper part of the self that is constant and immutable.
I can navigate your inner world and all of the tumultuous emotions that follow. I am also very pragmatic and pay careful attention to real life details, calling awareness to issues that might need tending. Most of my clients experience me as very warm, connected, very real and grounded. I place a high value on the quality of our therapeutic relationship and am very engaged in supporting that for your best growth.
I am trained in many different modalities and use/offer these only as it seems appropriate. I find that EMDR, Brainspotting and deep trance state therapy work very well to address traumatic experience. I use mindful awareness, meditation, and imaginal explorations as an effective treatment for depression and anxiety. While much of the work is grounded in insight-oriented “talk therapy”, we will also use an awareness of body sensations and an active invitation to explore imaginal and creative realms.
After 30 years of practice, I am comfortable and confident in working with a wide range of issues that include (but certainly are not limited to):
- life transition: loss, birth, divorce, death, career, etc.
- major health issues including cancer
- relational issues: marriage/partner, family
- trauma: immediate and situational or historical/recurrent
- spiritual emergence
- deep personal transformation
- personal performance
STARTING UP: Many clients start with a no cost, 15 to 20 minute phone call to connect and feel comfortable with me. We explore what they need and what will best suit their situation. If it seems right, we set up an initial session where I can assess your situation and give you clear feedback and referrals if needed.
Most of my clients meet weekly for a 50 minute session. However, I am flexible, when it seems appropriate and truly useful, to longer, more frequent sessions or to less frequent sessions. I am more interested in what truly works than what is standard practice.
My primary office is in San Francisco in the inner Richmond district.
312 Third Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118 (map)
I also occasionally meet with clients at nature-based settings throughout Marin county.
I work on a limited, graduated fee scale to accommodate my client’s needs.
I accept checks, cash, PayPal and credit card for payment.
Contact me for more information on my fee.
INSURANCE: While I am not on any insurance panels, many of my clients are able to get reimbursement from their PPO insurance as an “out-of-network” provider. I offer comprehensive invoices that may be used to get reimbursement. Please contact me for more information.
REDUCED FEES: Some clients need a greatly reduced fee and in these situations I suggest they check out the non-profit counseling center of which I am the clinical director www.holosinstitute.net
RIGHT MATCH: If my work seems “out-of-range” I try my best to be available to assess and connect you to the right therapist, licensed or pre-licensed that matches your budget and needs. I am dedicated to work with whom ever contacts me to find the “right match” therapist and the “just right” situation of care as best as possible and within a reasonable effort.