I provide psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and Life Artistry in-person at my office in Midtown Sacramento and via video conferencing.
For those seeking in-person psychotherapy, I see patients at my office in Midtown Sacramento. Please fill out the form under the “Contact” page to connect with me to set up an appointment. I also provide psychotherapy via video conferencing for those interested in telepsychology services. Many patients utilize a combination of both, depending on individual needs.
For those interested in telepsychology: Telepsychology works much as in-person therapy does; however, it allows for the greater flexibility and mobility changing times often require. Sessions can continue when traveling, sick, taking care of others, or for any other of the many unknowns that so often occur in our daily lives. My decision to increasingly incorporate tele-services was inspired by my work with the many incredible working womxn who, in trying to do it all, found it helpful to sometimes connect with me via video rather than in person. Since those beginnings, my practice has grown to incorporate traveling professionals, people in areas that lack services, and others who simply can better commit to therapy when they have the flexibility to do it from the office, in their cars, or in any quiet place they can find. I have found that, by offering telepsychology, many people who could not previously benefit from therapy have been able to do so.
Please note: I do not accept insurance as my preference is to deliver care tailored to your specific needs rather than dictated by large insurance companies. I do provide out-of-network bills for those who wish to submit them to insurance companies for potential reimbursement.
I offer initial phone consultations so that we have the opportunity to talk one-on-one to see if we would like to work together.
Please contact me for rates.
New Client Intake
“Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.”
- Helene Cixous
In-depth assessment of the psychological, physical, and creative aspects of your life. Exploration of current issues and a discussion of what services are best suited for you.
“The body’s role is to ensure metamorphosis.”
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Embodied Analysis is rooted in traditional psychoanalysis, and like Freudian analysis, emphasizes the role of the unconscious and the necessity of language--spoken to another-- for psychic transformation. Freud placed great emphasis on the body and how the body stores trauma and memories of which the mind is completely unaware; however, much of his work on the body has been lost in contemporary approaches to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Modern day approaches tend to emphasize the rational mind over the intuition of the body (as though the two were separate), seeking to increase “insight” rather than engender true transformation. While insight can certainly be a side effect of therapy, it is not the transformative factor. Think of the many instances where you may say, “I know why I do X, but I still can’t stop doing it.” Approaches that stay at the level of intellectualization do little to resolve the roots of psychological distress, instead often increasing it as we feel anxiety/sadness/guilt/failure over the fact that we now “understand” our symptoms but remain stuck in them. This emphasis on “understanding” and “intellectualization” inhibits and forecloses other possibilities and capabilities..
Embodied Analysis asserts the importance of the body and our inherent creative capacities in therapeutic work, focusing on the power of language to shift the psychic economy. We experience the world, not only through thoughts and emotions, but simultaneously through our bodies. Indeed, our bodies offer a rich source of information that we have, for far too long, ignored. Far from being distinct, our bodies are profoundly intelligent and our thoughts profoundly embodied. From an analytic perspective, psychological symptoms are not “chemical imbalances” or problems to be overcome, but rather messages that speak to unknown parts of ourselves. Our symptoms point to unconscious desires and conflicts rooted deep within our bodies..
Embodied Analysis entails weekly talk therapy that focuses on the unconscious to precipitate deep-rooted, enduring transformation by addressing psyche, soma, and everything in between/outside of. It takes seriously our intuitive capacities as the basis for creativity and identifies creativity as fundamental to a fulfilling life.
Sessions range from 40-50 minutes typically and occur at a minimum of once per week.
“And that I did not give to anyone the responsibility for my life. It is mine. I made it..."
- Mary Oliver
It is often the case in today’s world that help is needed in identifying hopes for one's life without a full traversing of one’s history. Quickly shifting times and a never-ending assortment of "choices" often result in confusion around what brings satisfaction to one's life as we are socialized to listen to external sources rather than our internal ones. In moments of transition, it is often difficult to listen to, much less hear ourselves, and having another to closely listen can feel orienting and stabilizing. Life Artistry is about finding ways to deeply listen and connect with your intuitive voice--separate from the demands and expectations of others--so that you may explore what you would like for your life and how you would like to engage with the social world. This is not psychotherapy but rather an overall appraisal and critical examining of your purpose and of obstacles that may be impeding your evolution.
30 & 50 Minutes sessions
I am available for supervision and consultation. Please contact me to discuss arrangements and additional details.
*Please note that Embodied Analysis is only available to patients in New York and California for US residents. International residents, please contact me for further information. Life Artistry is available to all.